2million Children May Die Of Pneumonia In Next 10 Years, Says UNICEF - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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2million Children May Die Of Pneumonia In Next 10 Years, Says UNICEF


LAGOS - Two million Nigerian children could die in the next decade unless Nigeria adopts more effective ways to combat pneumonia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has said.

In a recent report, the global agency also stated that malnutrition, air pollution and lack of access to vaccines and antibiotics are among the drivers of preventable deaths from pneumonia, which last year killed a child every three minutes in Nigeria.

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi, and leaves children fighting for breath as their lungs fill with pus and fluid.

The disease is the leading killer of children in Nigeria, causing 19 per cent of under-five deaths.

The report reads: “Forecasts show that 1.4 million children under the age of five could die from pneumonia over the next decade in Nigeria, on current trends – the highest number of any country in the world and more than 20 per cent of childhood deaths from pneumonia globally.

“However, an estimated 809,000 of these deaths would be averted by significantly scaling up services to prevent and treat pneumonia.

“Researchers also found boosting pneumonia services would create an additional ‘ripple effect’, preventing 1.2 million extra child deaths from other major childhood diseases at the same time.”

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