Four-month campaign to neutralise pneumonia begins in Dimapur
District Programme Officer Dr Rebecca Y Sema said that the main objective of the campaign is to reduce child mortality due to pneumonia by creating awareness in the community and improving clinical management of the disease.
A four-month-long campaign on social awareness and action plan to neutralise pneumonia in Dimapur district was launched at Dimapur Civil Hospital, on November 12.
The campaign, launched by Dimapur chief medical officer, Dr I Moatemjen, will conclude on February 28 next year.
Delivering the keynote address at the launch, district programme officer Dr Rebecca Y Sema, said that the main objective of the campaign is to reduce child mortality due to pneumonia by creating awareness in the community and improving clinical management of the disease.
“Pneumonia can be prevented by fully immunising a child, reducing indoor air pollution and following practices such as regular handwashing with soap,” Sema stated.
She informed that the campaign will focus on awareness generation, early intervention and capacity building of caregivers to identify critical early signs and symptoms of pneumonia.
Sema oriented the members on the PPT (Protect, Prevent and Treatment) interventions to save children from pneumonia. She said a child can be protected from pneumonia by early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding for six months.
She urged the people to seek early treatment in hospitals if the child manifests signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, fast breathing, and chest indrawing.
“Early detection of the signs and symptoms, and seeking early treatment can reduce child mortality due to pneumonia," she added.
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