• Associate Sponsor

Exposure to household air pollution doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia: Docs

The doctors said the symptoms in children under five years of age are fever, cough and fast or difficult breathing.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 13, 2015 3:55 am

On the World Pneumonia Day on Thursday, the PGI doctors said more than one million lives could be saved if preventive and treatment interventions for pneumonia are implemented universally.

A PGI statement authored by Rajesh Kumar, the professor and head of Department of Community Medicine
& School of Public Health and Ravindra Khaiwal, the associate professor of Environment Health, School of Public
Health, said according to WHO findings around 50 per cent of the premature deaths among children under five are because of pneumonia caused by particulate matter inhaled because of household air pollution.

“Household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia (WHO) and it will have a significant impact in Indian continent owing to frequent use biomass, especially, in rural household. Pneumonia is totally preventable and treatable,” the statement said.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

The doctors said pneumonia is the leading cause of deaths among children younger than 5 with more than 99 per cent of those deaths occurring in developing countries.

“Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia. As young ones are often carried on their mothers’ backs while cooking and spend hours breathing indoor smoke during their early years of life when their developing airways make them susceptible to hazardous pollutants,” they said.

The statement added that people with weakened immune systems and those who consume alcohol and smoke are at higher risk of pneumonia. “Those who are over 65 or under two years of age, those who suffer malnutrition and certain other medical conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and heart failure,are also at a higher risk for the disease,” it said.

The doctors said the symptoms in children under five years of age are fever, cough and fast or difficult breathing.

For all the latest Chandigarh News, download Indian Express App

  1. No Comments.
Adda