As the world commemorates world pneumonia day today, kenya has launched a new line of treatment of the fatal disease. Amoxi-cillin dispersable tablets, will be used along side syrup. to treat childhood pneumonia. The ministry of Health estimates that pneumonia is the leading cause of death in the country, for children under the age of five.
About 1,000 children die from both pneumonia and diarrhoea annually . Speaking during the launch of the new line of treatment, health cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu, emphasized the need for community awareness on signs and symptoms of the killer bacterial disease, for early diagnosis and treatment. The new drug does not require refrigeration and it’s dispensing is easier and less cumbersome. Pneumonia can be prevented through vaccination, adequate indoor ventilation and frequent hand washing with soap, to prevent spread of the bacteria to the child. Health experts advocate for exclusive breastfeeding to boost immunity of children.