Over 1.4 million people are said to die annually as a result of Pneumonia-a bacteria infected disease that normally affects the respiratory system.

In Ghana, the disease is said to kill about 62,000 children yearly, according to official reports from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, accounting for about eighteen percent of all deaths in children under five years.

This was revealed by the Director of Reliance Network[R-Net], a social Non-Governmental Organization into the provision of heath education in the country, Ms. Elizabeth Korasare during this year?s World Pneumonia Day held at Old-Ningo in the Dangbe West District of the Greater Accra Region.

It was organized by Reliance Network[R-Net] in collaboration with Association of People for Practical Life Education[APPLE] with the support of the Greater Accra branch of the Coalition of NGO?s.

Though Pneumonia is referred to as a communicable disease, health expert its infection could be managed to the barest minimal if early treatment is sought.

According to Ms. Korasare, symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, weakness, especially in children and persistent dry coughing are signs of Pneumonia.

She said those vulnerable to the disease are children under five years as well as the aged above sixty because of their weak immune system.

She further hinted the disease is very common in the country, especially in the rural areas where people infected are exposed to too much cold.

Ms. Korasare also hinted that Pneumonia kills a person every twenty seconds and therefore urged all to take its prevalence seriously.

As part of the awareness creation, a health walk by school children in the Ningo township with placard highlighting the dangers of the disease as well as talk shows and sketches about the disease were organized.


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