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9 million pneumonia deaths could be avoided

Jan 30, 2020 13:51 IST

Nearly 9 million children deaths due to pneumonia and other major diseases could be avoided if efforts to fight these diseases are boosted. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University share that scaling up pneumonia treatment and prevention services can save the lives of 3.2 million children under the age of five. According to UNICEF, child deaths from pneumonia are concentrated in the world’s poorest countries. Health interventions aimed at improving nutrition, providing antibiotics and increasing vaccine coverage, boosting breastfeeding rates are key measures that can reduce the risk of children dying from pneumonia. The first-ever global forum on childhood pneumonia is currently ongoing in Barcelona.

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