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Pneumonia cases rising

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - On account of World Pneumonia Day tomorrow, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Guwahati chapter has highlighted how pneumonia continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children below five years.

Dr Nirmal Jain, president, IAP Guwahati, said, �I have observed a rise in pneumonia cases among children below five years by 5 per cent in the last one year. The top risk factors for pneumococcal disease in children are anaemia, recurrent cold and retarded growth. Hospitalization and intensive care due to pneumonia can be an economic burden for families and therefore immunization with Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) is very important.�

He added that it was also important to increase immunization coverage in Guwahati to reduce the pneumonia burden.

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Pneumonia cases rising

GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - On account of World Pneumonia Day tomorrow, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Guwahati chapter has highlighted how pneumonia continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children below five years.

Dr Nirmal Jain, president, IAP Guwahati, said, �I have observed a rise in pneumonia cases among children below five years by 5 per cent in the last one year. The top risk factors for pneumococcal disease in children are anaemia, recurrent cold and retarded growth. Hospitalization and intensive care due to pneumonia can be an economic burden for families and therefore immunization with Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) is very important.�

He added that it was also important to increase immunization coverage in Guwahati to reduce the pneumonia burden.