Latest reports released on Monday by the United Nations Children’s Fund, has revealed that Pneumonia kills more children globally than any other infection.
It also listed Nigeria as the largest contributor to global pneumonia deaths, followed by India, Pakistan, DR Congo and Ethiopia.
“Pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year globally, or one child every 39 seconds. Nigerian children made up the highest number of those who died, with an estimated 162,000 deaths in 2018 – 443 deaths per day or 18 every hour.
“In Nigeria, 19 per cent of child deaths were due to pneumonia in 2018, and it was the biggest killer of children under-five in 2017,” the analysis read.
“The biggest risk factors for child pneumonia deaths in Nigeria were malnutrition, indoor air pollution from the use of solid fuels and outdoor air pollution.
“The most global child pneumonia deaths occurred among children under the age of two and almost 153,000 within the first month of life.
“The disease could be prevented with vaccines, and could easily be treated with low-cost antibiotics if properly diagnosed,” acting Nigeria’s UNICEF representative, Pernille Ironside stated.