Government to partner with private sector in fight against Pneumonia

The government has been urged to work together with Private Partners to eradicate the number of death that is caused by pneumonia.

It is estimated that 9000 people die of the disease annually in Kenya due to lack of proper nutrition or low concentration of oxygen in the blood.

Speaking while commemorating World Pneumonia day in Kiambu, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said partnerships between stakeholders will help scale down the rate of deaths among children below the age of 5 years.

She however lauded the government for investing heavily in the health sector saying Kenya is a signatory for the global action plan in preventing pneumonia and diarrhea.

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro said his administration has invested on the same saying, out of 3000 children treated for pneumonia last year only 131 succumbed to the disease.

Development Partners led by Jane Mutua said they are piloting implementation research linking community management of acute malnutrition to maximize the synergy of intervention and improve the efficiency of resource utilization.

She further called for exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and urged mothers to ensure completion of the vaccination schedule and reduce indoor pollution.

Ken Ogendo of Living Goods said millions of children continue to die every year from preventable causes.

In Kenya, the death of children under five years remains high with pneumonia accounting for 15% of deaths according to 2018 statistics.

Those present vowed to commit to achieve unprecedented levels of collaboration to reduce child pneumonia deaths to the global target outlined in the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPDD) of less than 3 per 1000 births, and to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) promise to end all preventable child deaths”

Clinton Health Access Initiative handed over 200 Pulse Oximeters to the County that would be measuring and indicating the level of oxygen among children.



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