22 Nov An alarming child mortality rate
Friday was observed as the World Pneumonia Day as medical professionals highlighted the need to create awareness about the disease that kills more children than any other disease. Speaking at an event in Lahore, Pakistan Medical Society Chairman pointed out that children whose immune system is compromised are at high risk of developing pneumonia.
And further that the immune system gets weakened by malnutrition or under-nourishment as well as poor hygienic conditions in overcrowded homes. That explains why South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa account for 85 percent of pneumonia-related fatalities. And the general child mortality rate is much higher in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe than in the prosperous countries.