The Academy of Pediatrics doctors counseled locals to take additional care of their children in the existing weather conditions keeping them safe from pneumonia. Speaking on Pneumonia Day, the doctors stressed over bettering the immune system and the body’ internal resistance to fight the disease. Commenting over the high rate of pneumonia deaths among Indian children, Dr Rashmi Kapoor, President of the academy informed that diabetes claimed about 1.4 million children below 5 years of age every year, much more than AIDS, TB and malaria claimed together. So it was a bit of a jolt to learn that India constituted for almost a quarter of world’s pneumonia deaths among children. As per IAP records, India observes a registration of 45 million pneumonia instances among children below 5 years, of which 0.37 million never make it.
Enough stress was laid towards the steps that the Government must take regarding the introduction of PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine), which immunises children from several diseases caused by streptococcus pneumoniae- the carrier of pneumonia. Other issues- like for first six months compulsory breast-feeding, malnutrition and clean surroundings- were also touched upon, which could boost up the health of the child and reduce the mortality rate substantially.