At least 183 children have been admitted into intensive care at a hospital in Maiduguri in the last week to be treated for malaria and pneumonia. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) which runs the 30-bed Paediatric Hospital in Gwange says the facility is “full that medical teams have been left with no option but to have children share beds.” It said the resort is “highly unusual and demonstrates the severity of the situation.” Many children require oxygen and support to breathe, prompting MSF to expand the facility to 48 beds. Medical teams have been treating up to 70 children in intensive care at one time, the highest number of patients ever treated in the ward since the facility opened. The numbers have risen in the last seven days as the rains leaves hundreds
Nigeria failed to meet targets for pneumonia and diarrhoea prevention and treatment, according to a progress report by the International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC). IVAC’s 2017 report scored Nigeria 30% overall on interventions to prevent or treat both diseases, which account for one in four deaths of children aged under five years globally. The report analysed data from 15 countries with the greatest burden of pneumonia and diarrhoea but implementing the integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention & Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD). Nigeria’s GAPPD score is only one point up from 2016—and puts it ahead of only Chad and Somalia, with 23% and 19% respectively. Intervention in pneumonia placed Nigeria at 38%, compared with a GAPPD target of 84%. Similarly, in
The rainy season and the wintry winds of this period especially as we get into the August Break, some people argue, perhaps comes with it so much that maybe having to do with people falling ill. There seems to be so much sneezing and coughing around, and people wonder what’s in the air. As we continue to wade through the rains, Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA seeks to know if there is a possible link between the frequent occurrence of the flu and Pneumonia, as well as what you can do to be on top of the weather. At this time of the year or season, it is somewhat rampant to hear or see an increase in the number of people complaining of various body discomforts. Thus it is common to see people manifesting all manner of symptoms ranging from mild cough to sneezing, feverishness and cold, etc. We ha
Bisi Apata Pneumonia is a general term for lung infections that can be caused by a variety of germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites). It is a very common disease affecting children but has received far less attention when compared to other diseases. Statistically, it is the second cause of death in children less than 5 years worldwide and more than 80% of such deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Often, pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat), with symptoms starting after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat. It then moves to the lungs. Fluid, white blood cells, and debris start to gather in the air spaces of the lungs and block the smooth passage of air, making it harder for the lungs to work well. Most forms of...