Pneumonia is the medical term that describes the infective inflammation of the parenchyma of the lungs. In children under 5 years, it could be a killer, as shown in this info graphics posted by Glaxo-Smith-Kline Pharmaceuticals’ twitter handle, @GSK.

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Worldwide, Pneumonia is the commonest killer of children under 5years, then the second is Diarrhoea.

However, the commonest cause of under 5 mortality  in Africa is Pneumonia, Diarrhoea, Malaria within a background of Malnutrition.

All the same, the fight against pneumonia must be waged on all fronts to keep it at bay.

Early detection and treatment of the condition is the surest bet… Visit your paediatrician today if your child begins to show symptoms of respiratory infection, like coughing, difficulty in breathing, chest pain etc.


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