Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death in children according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The infectious disease accounts of 15% of all deaths in children under the age of 5 causing an estimated number of 930,000 deaths of Children in the year 2013 alone.
While, the statistics appear frightening, the seem to be a clear and simple way of dealing with the situation but not when key factors like access to health facilities and personnel remain a challenge especially in rural areas.
For the July 7 edition of the Good Health radio show, the spotlight is on Pneumonia; symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Some common myths about Pneumonia busted:
1. All cases of pneumonia require hospitalization. No, some cases of pneumonia may be considered ‘mild’ and require antibiotics or domestic health treatment.
2. Antibiotics always cure pneumonia. No, as established, not all pneumonias are caused by bacteria so will not require antibiotics to treat it.
3. Healthy people cannot be affected by pneumonia. It is not exactly the case but the immune system of an individual will play a role. However, it should be noted that if an individual is healthy yet is not conscious about factors that could expose him to pneumonia, his/her health cannot ‘save’ him.
The Good Health radio show is aired every Wednesday on Radio Univers 105.7MHz.