Since most pneumonias are caused by bacteria, you may assume that the largest drop in the disease would be associated with the introduction of antibiotics – think again. There is still a lot we don’t know about this rather common disease.
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Did you grow up with your mother shouting ‘Get out of the rain or you will catch pneumonia!’ Does the cold really bring pneumonia with it? Let us look at the evidence.
The Hewa Tele project as discussed by Joy Muraya in the Standard paper today – providing oxygen to reduce the pneumonia toll
PCV10 vaccination was introduced in Kenya in 2011 – recent data suggests that it cuts pneumonia by half. That is really good news.
A single dose of PCV10 (a vaccine introduced in 2011 to combat pneumonia) costs about US$3.50. In Kenya alone, we have 1 million new borns each year, each requiring 3 doses of this vaccine. It would cost the country US$ 10 million to give all the babies in the country the full dose of one vaccine. To push the country in the direction of self-sufficiency, a helping hand arrived.
Have you heard of PCV-10? This is the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine introduced in Kenya in 2011. You should know about it because it is part of the immunisation schedule for infants in Kenya. I will tell you a lot about this vaccine this week – stay with me. Introduction of PCV10 goes hand in hand with a strong surveillance program. Find out more about that.