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World Pneumonia Day 2023: Dates, History, Wishes & Quotes

World Pneumonia Day

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An acute respiratory infection called pneumonia attacks the lungs. In the world, it is linked to an annual mortality rate of about 2.5 million people and children. 23 percent of the worldwide burden of pneumonia is borne by India alone. Every year on November 12, there is a celebration of World Pneumonia Day. The purpose of the day is to increase public awareness of pneumonia and to emphasize its signs, causes, and remedies.

This day presents an opportunity to emphasize the need for early diagnosis, which will enable those who are afflicted with the condition to receive the timely and efficient care that they require. In 2019, pneumonia claimed the lives of 170,180 children under the age of five, according to the World Health Organization.

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All across the world, children and families are impacted by pneumonia, but southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the greatest death rates. According to the WHO, pneumonia can be prevented in children, treated with affordable, low-tech medication, and prevented with straightforward treatments.

2023 World Pneumonia Day Theme

“Championing the fight to stop pneumonia” will be the subject of World Pneumonia Day in 2022.

2023 World Pneumonia Day: History and Importance

Under the auspices of the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia’s “Stop Penuemonia” project, World Pneumonia Day was first marked on November 12, 2009. Following that, an integrated global action plan to prevent and control pneumonia was launched by WHO and UNICEF. A viral or bacterial infection that results in an inflammatory response in the lungs is the usual cause of pneumonia, which can have serious effects on your lungs. For those who are unfamiliar, Covid can also result in pneumonia, which can seriously harm your lungs. Therefore, the goal of observing this day is to increase public awareness of the seriousness of the pneumonia virus. By 2030, the goal is to have no deaths due to pneumonia.

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Pneumonia:

Every year, 1.6 million people die from the treatable and preventable disease of pneumonia, which sickens 155 million children under the age of five. As a result, pneumonia is now the leading cause of death in children under the age of five, taking more lives in this age range than AIDS, malaria, and measles put together. Even though pneumonia causes a disproportionately high number of fatalities, it rarely makes news reports.

If started early enough, an antibiotic treatment plan that costs less than $1(US) can cure the illness. According to the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP), which was unveiled by the WHO and UNICEF on World Pneumonia Day 2009, pneumonia prevention and treatment interventions could save 1 million children’s lives each year if they were widely adopted in the world’s poorest nations.

Symptoms

An infectious infection or pneumonia can cause mild to severe symptoms.

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  • Fever
  • A cough that may be dry or produce thick mucus that is yellow, green, brown, or stained with blood
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Shivering
  • reduced appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sputum with blood in it
  • Chest Ache

Prevention and Treatment of Pneumonia Most of the time, mild pneumonia may be managed at home by:

  • Getting lots of sleep
  • the use of antibiotics
  • consuming a lot of liquids
  • Pneumonia can be severe in at-risk groups and may require hospital treatment.

Prevention

  • Ensures good hygiene standards
  • When you sneeze or cough, you should cover your mouth and nose
  • Frequently washing your hands will help you prevent spreading germs to other people or things.
  • Additionally, pneumonia can be avoided by leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Flu vaccination and pneumococcal vaccine.

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