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Beautiful Nigerian Children & the Epidemic....

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Pneumonia is an infection that occurs in the lungs. It creates fluid in the lungs potentially resulting in excessive coughing, severe chest pains and a high fever. The common causes of pneumonia are  bacteria, virus and fungi. The people who often become infected with pneumonia are generally babies under the age of 2 and adults 65 years of age or older. Those who are infected with HIVsickle cell anemia and  liver problems are also at a high risk for contracting the illness. Most people can recover from pneumonia within 2 to 3 weeks, unless you are talking about the children of Nigeria. Many people in America live a life of luxury, having the right to basic healthcare regardless of our financial status. However, pneumonia is the second largest killer among children in the country of Nigeria; Malaria being the first. According to medical experts, 146,370 children are killed annually by this disease. 17% of those death related incidences are among infants. In many countries there is a vaccination available for this health problem, however, the people of Nigeria lack enough of the vaccine and knowledge to protect their people from an easily curable disease. Millions of Nigerians still believe that pneumonia is caused by excessive cold or warm air. This is not true. It is a contagious disease caused by a pneumcoccal virus. According to local authorities, vaccinations do exist at the primary health centers, but many Nigerians complain that by the time they get there, the miracle vaccine is out of stock leaving multitudes without.
Just recently, the Pediatric Association of Nigeria has issued a statement that they wanted mothers to get their child vaccinated from 6 weeks until the age of 5. "It is a very serious condition, pneumonia can make a person very sick or even cause death; the disease can occur in young and healthy people."Adults have a way of fighting against it unlike babies, hence more care should be taken while nursing them," says Dr. Ekanem Ekure, National Secretary of PAN.


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Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA