The Ministry of Public Health said that the number of people suffering from pneumonia has increased over the last several years. The comments were made on Saturday, World Pneumonia Day.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, more than 960,000 individuals nationwide have been infected with this disease during the past eleven months, and 1,795 have died as a result.
The Ministry of Public Health's spokeswoman said that children account for the majority of pneumonia cases.
"In 2022, the number of pneumonia patients has increased a little, and the bulk of them are children,” said Sharaft Zaman Amarkhil, a Health Ministry spokesperson.
The statistics of the health ministry show that the number of people died as a result of this disease has drop compared to previous years.
In 2020, 901442 individuals were infected and 1748 died.
In 2021, 944921 individuals were infected and 1995 died.
In 2022, 960376 individuals were infected and 1795 died.
Some doctors said polluted air and poor nutrition were the main causes of people becoming sick with pneumonia.
"Doctors frequently provide strict precautions that do not apply to medication,” said Mohammad Aref Hasanzai, a doctor.
Hikmatullah, a 10-month-old child who has pneumonia, has been a patient at Indira Gandhi Children Hospital for several days.
"First, he had a fever, and then we brought him to the hospital. The doctor examined him and said that he had measles. I was in the measles department. Yesterday, we moved him to the pneumonia department,” said Aziza, the mother of Hekmat.
"She was really sick, we brought her here, and she is currently in bed here, she has pneumonia,” said Shazia, the mother of the sick child.
World Pneumonia Day, held each year on November 12, aims to raise awareness about this deadly illness.
Meanwhile, Save the Children said that every 45 seconds a child dies as a result of pneumonia.
“A child dies of pneumonia every 45 seconds. For a preventable and treatable disease this is simply inexcusable. On World Pneumonia Day it is time for governments to step up and tackle this forgotten epidemic,” Save the Children International tweeted.
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