15 Nov Pneumonia is a killer, battle it
Pneumonia, the respiratory infection that causes an inflammation of the lungs, snuffs out more children’s lives than HIV/AIDS, measles, and malaria put together. The condition kills an estimated 1.8 million children every year, according to World Health Organisation. In India, the casualty is as high as 3 to 4 lakh children. GAVI, an international agency, has offered financial support to the central government for introduction of HIB and pneumoccoal vaccines in the universal programme of immunisation. ” The government should apply for the funds. Besides, indigenous manufacturing of pneumoccoal vaccine should be encouraged.