All You Need To Know About Pneumonia

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Pneumonia Facts

According to UNICEF, Nigeria has the highest number of people who die of pneumonia in the world.

That is why the health agency in the country asked for help to fight the disease that killed more than eight hundred thousand children in 2019.

In Nigeria children die from this same disease every year.

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Reports say that Nigeria, which is known as the country that has the most pneumonia cases, reported that 18 children died every hour in 2018.

The disease is a chest infection that affects tiny air sacs in the lungs.

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The condition causes sacs to swell up and become filled with fluid, which would make it hard for someone to breathe.

Viruses and bacteria cause pneumonia. The most common type of the disease is the Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Anybody can suffer from pneumonia, but this group of people is more at risk.

  • Infants and young children
  • People over the age of 65
  • People who have a history of heart disease, lung disease, or kidney disease
  • People who have cancer, especially people who are on chemotherapy,
  • Smokers
  • People who are on drugs have suppressed immune systems.

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Antibiotics or mechanical ventilator use in hospitals can also put someone at risk.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • To cough out mucus,
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

If it is really serious, the person could cough up blood, vomit or their heart rate could start beating very fast.

If you have all these symptoms in your body, make sure you go to see a doctor in a hospital.

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