Pneumonia appeal made

As the country joins the rest of the world to mark the world Pneumonia day, the ministry of health has been urged to step up efforts in the fight against the disease.

According to the Uganda pediatric association, about 27,000 children die of pneumonia annually.

A senior pediatrician at Mulago Referral Hospital Dr. Sabrina Kitaka says there is need for more sensitization about the disease especially in rural areas.

Dr. Kitaka says the plans for vaccination against Pneumonia should be made a reality, ensuring that every new born baby is reached.

Pneumonia, a severe inflammation of the lungs usually caused by a bacterial infection, is responsible for one in four child deaths every day.

The disease kills approximately 1.8 million children below the age of five years worldwide.