WHO calls on parents to protect children from pneumonia

Marje Pelayo
A Filipino volunteer doctor (L) examines a child during a medical mission in Tibagan district of San Juan City, east of Manila, Philippines, 06 April 2019. The World Health Organization marks World Health Day annually on 07 April, with this year’s theme being ‘Health for all – everyone, everywhere.’ World Health Day is observed to raise awareness for universal health coverage for all and urge world leaders to work on measures to reach this goal. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) reminds parents to look after little children especially given that the cold season is here.

In line with the World Pneumonia Day on November 13, the WHO reminds the public that pneumonia is preventable with the right knowledge on how to avoid contracting the disease especially during the cold months.

These preventive measures include:

  • Immunization
  • Adequate nutrition
  • Reducing indoor air pollution
  • Avoiding exposure of children to tobacco smoke
  • Practicing good hygiene

Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs.

According to the WHO, pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide

It accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old in 2017 killing a total of 808, 694 children.

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