Pneumonia the number one killer of children can be prevented

NAIROBI, Kenya 8 November 2017 – A child dies every 20 seconds globally while in Kenya many children die from the most preventable disease, Pneumonia.

According to Dr. Warfa Osman, the Head, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health Unit, Pneumonia deaths can be prevented by proper nutrition, vaccination and early diagnosis and treatment using Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablets.
To highlight the milestone, challenges and chat the way forward in the fight against Pneumonia, Heath Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will join stakeholders for a breakfast meeting on Monday, 13th November 2017 at the Panafric Hotel Nairobi from 7:00AM.

During the meeting to commemorate World Pneumonia Day, Dr. Mailu will also launch   Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablets which are recommended in the new pneumonia treatment guidelines. The tablets are affordable and the more effective.

The Ministry together with child health stakeholders has also organized a scientific conference focusing on the current on treatment of childhood malaria. The conference will be at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nairobi from 8:00AM.

World Pneumonia Day is observed on 12th November every year to, raise awareness about pneumonia, the world’s leading killer of children under the age of five; interventions to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia; and Generate action to combat pneumonia.

This year’s theme is: Stop Pneumonia; Invest in Child Health. Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every 20 seconds. Together we can ensure the fight against pneumonia is won.

For more information, kindly contact
Dr. Warfa Osman,Head,Neoatal,Child and Adolescent Health Unit: