Pneumonia kills 177, 000 Children Annually in Nigeria’

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Not less than 177, 000 children under the age of five die every year from pneumonia in Nigeria, statistics released in Calabar, Cross River State revealed on Friday.

Globally, pneumonia kills an estimated 1.4 million children under the age of five years every year- more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The startling statistic, which was revealed by Director of Breath of Life, Dr. Regina Ejemot-Nwadiaro, at a workshop organised for community volunteers on pneumonia prevention and control, noted that the scourge is caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi and can be prevented by immunisation, adequate nutrition and addressing environmental factors.

Breath of Life is a programme initiated by the wife of the Cross River State governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke, to tackle pneumonia in children.

She said, pneumonia could be treated with antibiotics, but only about 30 per cent of children with the scourge receive the antibiotics they needed.

“Pneumonia is one of the silent killers of children under the age of five in Nigeria. It kills 177, 000 children annually in Nigeria. That is why POWER is committed to applying community related approaches to tackling it,” she said.

Ejemot-Nwadiaro said Breath of Life, in collaboration with the Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realisation, was committed to reducing the disease in the state, thereby reducing child mortality and helping the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Declaring the workshop open, Obioma Imoke said pneumonia kills more children in a year than malaria and HIV/AIDS put together.

Imoke said the workshop which was held in only Bekwarra Local Government Area in the state in 2011 had been extended to nine other LGAs in the state in order to reduce the scourge.

She noted that the exercise was already succeeding in the state because volunteers who have passion to eradicate the scourge had shown interest to be trained in order to propagate its elimination at the grassroots level.

Imoke said, “If we are to have a future, we must protect our children. The good news is that pneumonia is treatable and preventable. Do not take this training for granted because what you are going to do will go a long way to save the lives of children in Cross River. You are going out there to educate mothers on what to do to prevent it.”

She regretted that most of the deaths that resulted from the disease was due to lack of knowledge and hoped the workshop would go a long way to redress the situation.

A director of Primary Healthcare in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. John Odork, who is one of the trainers at the workshop, noted that the state would meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals going by the various programmes it had outlined.

The workshop was organized by POWER in collaboration with John Hopkins Bloomberg and International Vaccine Access Centre

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One commentOn Pneumonia kills 177, 000 Children Annually in Nigeria’

  • HDP FINDS THE CLAIMS OF ONE DR MRS EJEMOT AS MOST UNSCIENTIFIC, DUBIOUS, FALLACIOUS,FRAUDULENT AND LAUGHABLE AS THE GOVERNORS AIDE AND DIRECIOR OF BREATH OF LIFE ROLLED OUT UNPROVEN AND UNVERIFABLE FIGURES WITH OUT ANY EVIDENCE-BASED STUDIES. SHE HAS SHAMELESSLY INTRODUCED THE RULUNG PARTYS PREDILECTION FOR BIZZARRE AND UNTENABLE FIGURES TO A PURELY SCIENTIFIC DOMAIN. MAY WE ASK DR EJEMOT WHERE SHE CARRIED OUT HER STUDIES? WAS IT REPLICATED IN HER POVERTY-STRICKEN CRS? AND WHAT SAMPLING METHOD WAS USED IN THE RESEARCH? HER FIGURES ARE INCORRECT, BASELESS AND A MERE CONCOCCTION OF FICTITIOUS FIGURES FOR SELF-SERVING ENDS.THIS IS PURE VOODOISM AND SHE IS A MODERN-DAY MAGICIAN DOING THE BIDDING OF HER PAY MASTERS. COMMON MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE TEACHES US THAT MALARIA AFFECTING UNDER 5 CHILDREN IS THE COMMONEST IMPLICATED KILLER DISEASE IN TROPICAL AFRICA, HENCE THE GLOBAL EFFORT TO TACKLE THE SCOURGE AND ITS INCLUSION IN MDGS, ASIDE THE 6 KILLER DISEASES WHOSE BURDEN IS CONTROLLED VIA IMMUNIZATION. WE CHALLENGE THE AIDE TO PUBLISH THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY WHERE IT WAS REPORTED THAT PNEUMONIA KILLS MORE INFANTS THAN MALARIA PLUS HIV/AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA CURRENTLY RAVAGED BY POVERTY AND HIV/AIDS ESPECIALLY IN NIGERIA WITH CRS AS THE MOST ENDEMIC HIV-INFESTED STATE(SEE FMOH SENTINEL STUDY 1999, WHO IDU/NIDU STUDY 2005, FMOH,GHAIN SFI-FUNDED IBBSS 2007 AND 2010) WE ADVISE DR EJEMOT TO CONSULT US FOR ELABORATION OR SEARCH THE LISTED STUDIES TO GET THE EVIDENCE-BASED REPORTS OF THE ESCALATING PREVALENCE OF HIV/AIDS IN CRS. THE COMMONEST EVIDENCE IS THE INCREASING NUMBER OF CHILDREN ESPECIALLY CALABAR STREET KIDS ORPHANED BY HIV/AIDS SCOURGE.OR SHE CAN VISIT ANY HEART TO HEART CENTRE IN CRS.THIS HAS BEEN AGGRAVATED BY THE POINTLESS,USELESS ANE BOLEKAJAD TOURISM DRIVE OF CRSG. WE ASK MADAM EJEMOT TO CLEARLY ITEMIZE THE CONCRETE BENEFITS OF THIS WASTEFUL DRIVE THAT HAS TRANSFORMED OUR STATE TO BIBLICAL SODOM AND GOMORRAH WHERE AMORAL ACTS THRIVE WITH DIRE AND DANEROUS MEDICAL,SOCIAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES.WE HAVE PROOF THAT TOURISM DRIVE OF CRSG HAS KILLED MORE CITIZENS THAN PNEUMONIA ESPECIALLY FROM FATAL ALCOHOL/DRUG-INDUCED ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS/SATURDAY MORNINGS..MAY WE EDUCATE MRS EJEMOT THAT INFANTS ARE DYING MORE FROM HUNGER,HARDSHIP,MISERY AND POVERTY CAUSED BY GOVERNANCE FAILURE THAN PNEUMONIA AND MALARIA IN CRS. WE ADVISE THE CRSG TO STOP THESE ELITIST POLICIES OF TOURISM AND CARNIVAL, INCREDIBLE WASTAGE OF CONSRTUCTING AN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE AND A MONO-RAIL.THESE PROJECTS ARE MERE WHITE ELEPHANT PROJECTS WITH NO CONNECTIVITY WITH THE DESTINY OF MAJORITY OF IMPOVERISHED CRS CITIZENS.THEY MUST LOOK INWARDS AND CREATE JOBS THREOUGH AGRO-BASED INDUSTRIES. THE CRSG MUST STOP WASTING OUR RESOURCES.

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