At least 195,000 children died of pneumonia while 120,000 children lost their lives as result of diarrhea in Nigeria annually, a health expert has said.


The Director of Project, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria -Partnership for Advocacy in child and Family Health (PSN-PACFaH), Remi Adeseun, a pharmacist, disclosed in northern city of Kaduna at a policy dialogues gathering.

Adeseun told his audience that pneumonia and diarrhea are child killer diseases yet to receive the necessary attention, saying that this has led to high child mortality rate.

He said the World Health Organization recent releases indicated that pneumonia had continued to be the biggest killer worldwide of children under the age of five years.

He added that although the implementation of safe, effective and affordable intervention has reduced pneumonia mortality from 4 million in 1981 to just over 1 million in 2014, the disease still accounts for nearly one fifth of childhood death worldwide.

According to him, the gathering was a move to sensitize the pharmacists and media practitioners on the overview of WHO new treatment Guideline for childhood (under five years) suffering from pneumonia and diarrhea.

Adeseun added that Kaduna has unenviable position like many other state in Nigeria of having triple digit under five mortality rate, meaning about 185 children out of every 1,000 children born will not live to see their five years birthday, which is unacceptable. Enditem


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