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NGO, Govt. collaborate on fight against pneumonia in Jigawa

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An NGO, Save the Children, says it is collaborating with the Jigawa government and traditional institutions to ‘knock out’ pneumonia in state.

The Project Manager of the organisation, Mr. Abdullahi Magama disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Saturday.

He said that as effort was being made by the government in the areas of maternal mortality, ante-natal, post-natal, routine immunization, polio eradication, among others, less was being done in the issue of pneumonia phenomenon.

The project manager lamented that over one million children’s lives were being lost annually in Nigeria as a result of pneumonia but the society was doing nothing to arrest the situation.

Magama stressed that pneumonia is a preventable and curable disease.

He said that it is in view of this that the NGO has selected Kiyawa as a pilot Local Government Area to sensitize, educate and enlighten the people on the possible causes and treatment of pneumonia.

According to him, good health practices like routine immunization, exclusive breast feeding, good nutrition, improved indoor ventilation, environmental hygiene and sanitation will prevent pneumonia.

Magama stated that Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs is filled with pus and may become solid which is accompanied with difficulties in breathing.

He said that pneumonia can be caused by a variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.

The Project Manager said that the signs and symptoms of pneumonia include chest pain, cough, fatigue, fever, sweating and difficulties in breathing, among others.

Magama disclosed that relevant stakeholders like the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, UNICEF, WHO, Nigerian Medical Association, Civil Society Organizations, traditional institutions, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria have pledged to assist in the fight against pneumonia in the state.

The District Head of Kiyawa, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu told the Nigeria News Agency in an interview that the NGO should take their sensitization and enlightenment campaigns on pneumonia to market squares at the grassroots

The Jigawa Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abba Umar has pledged the commitment of the state government to assist in the fight against the scourge in the state. .

Edited by Tukur Muntari.

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