The Nigeria Association of Women Journalist ,NAWOJ, Plateau state chapter has tasked the federal government and health organizations in to find a lasting solution in tackling pneumonia as the fastest child killer disease in the world.
The chairperson of the Association, Jennifer Yarima who led the delegation of women journalist in plateau to an IDPs camp to donate warm clothing in commemoration of the world pneumonia day said children needs to be kept warm considering the gradual encroachment of harmattan.
Mrs Yarima, however explained that the association’s collaboration with the medical association was to enable then get the statistics of children affected by pneumonia and also do a follow up visit with medications.
Explaining what pneumonia is, the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association plateau state chapter, Dr Titus Dajel defined pneumonia as the infectious disease of the respiratory bag called the lungs.
He said pneumonia could be caused by bacteria, virus, fungal or even chemicals which affects breathing and causes severe cough.
Dr Dajel explained that about one point five million children die annually of the disease adding that children and the aged are the most exposed to such disease.
The NMA chairman, however mentioned ways to prevent the contraction of the disease such as keeping good hygiene by avoiding excessive exposure to cold and to also keep off dusty environment and smoke.
Every 12th of November has been set aside to commemorate the world pneumonia day and the theme for this year’s pneumonia day is “stop pneumonia and save a child “.