Dr Okoro Mabel, a medical practitioner and pediatrician, based in Warri, has advised patients with pneumonia to go for routine checks in order to stay healthy.
Mabel, who works in Blessed Clinic, Warri, gave this advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Benin on Tuesday, as the country marks the World Pneumonia Day on Nov. 12.
According to her, the Day is celebrated to increase public awareness and spread information about the disease.
“Bacterial pneumonia is an infection of your lungs caused by certain bacteria. The most common one is streptococcus (pneumococcus), but other bacteria can cause it too.
“Older persons from age five to 65 upwards have a higher risk of getting pneumonia,” she said.
Okoro listed symptoms to include, high fever up to 105 F, cough, yellow, or bloody mucus, chills and low appetite.
She said pneumonia could be prevented by regular hand washing, especially after toilet or eating, eating right, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise and no smoking.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi/Yemi Idris-Aduloju