Health World Pneumonia Day: SCI, LASG Partner On Penumonia Prevention

World Pneumonia Day: SCI, LASG Partner On Penumonia Prevention

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By Mayowa Adeniran |

Save the Children International and the Lagos State Ministry of Health have been taking concerted efforts towards preventing pneumonia which has been identified as one of the diseases killing children under 5 in Lagos.

Commemorating the World Pneumonia Day 2020, SCI through one of its intervention programmes known as Integrated Sustainable Childhood Pneumonia and Infectious Diseases Reduction in Nigeria (INSPIRING) with support from GSK organized a one-day programme to enlighten members of the public on pneumonia prevention.

Highlighting the efforts of te Lagos State Government towards preventing the killer disease, Dr. Ogaga S.A, the Lagos State Child Survival Strategic Coordinator, noted that for the efforts of the state government to yield results, there is need for improvement in the routine immunization of children with PCV and pentavalent vaccine, to ensure that they are fully immunized before age one.

Dr. Ogaga stressed that the State government has been embarking on several routine immunization programs to reduce and control the incidence of pneumonia in the state.

“The Lagos State Government has been embarking on several activities to strengthen routine immunization in order to reduce the incidence of pneumonia and also to control it,” she said.

Dr Ogaga who noted that immunization and adequate nutrition are ways to prevent Pneumonia also stressed the need to address environmental factors such as air pollution in overcrowded homes.

Emphasizing the need for an improvement in the insufficient data on pneumonia in Lagos, Ogaga said that more works need to be done on survey approaches to understand the risk of pediatric pneumonia.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of health Olusegun Ogboye revealed that the state government was doing a lot of work to ensure that death caused by pneumonia in the state is minimized.

“There is a lot of work the Lagos State government is doing towards minimizing death from pneumonia,” He said.

Save the Children International disclosed that “one of the ways through which attention is sought towards the reduction of childhood pneumonia morbidity and mortality is through the annual World Pneumonia Day usually celebrated on the 12th November of every year.

“Global health leaders introduced it in 2009. This day is used tocreate awareness on the impact of pneumonia in children as a public health issue as well as advocate for interventions that will either protect or prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia that occur each year. The day is also used to highlight proven approaches and innovative solutions that should be adopted as community and facility case management protocol.

“It is also an avenue to generate public debate, increased political will/action as well as additional resources and commitments from donors, agencies and partners,” the organisation said.

Save the Children International, SCI has been supporting development activities in areas ranging from health system strengthening and capacity building and technical support in partnership with the State Government through various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Since 2001, Save the Children has been working in Nigeria in Lagos, Katsina, Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Gombe, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Enugu, Cross River, Kogi, Borno, Benue and Kwara with a focus on child survival- maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, education and child protection.

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