Maintaining the health of your respiratory systems is an absolute must. After all, the different organs that are in this system facilitate the entry and exit of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which are essential in longevity and day-to-day function. This is why acute respiratory infections like pneumonia should not be taken lightly at all.
Anyone from any age group can be affected with pneumonia, but young children and senior citizens over 65 years old are most susceptible to this infection.
Statistics from November 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that around 922,000 children died in 2015 because of pneumonia. This infection is said to account for 15 percent of all deaths among children under 5 years old.
Pneumonia is known as the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide, with many cases coming out of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2013, it was recorded that there were more than 935,000 deaths due to pneumonia worldwide. There were 282 deaths among children under 5 years old, while a whopping 10,000 deaths were reported among elderly people aged 65 and up locally.
These rates resulted in pneumonia being addressed as the biggest leading cause of death in the country, tied with influenza with new infections being reported every year.
Pneumonia is a major cause for hospitalization as well. Roughly 250,000 people are hospitalized annually because of it, according to 2015 statistics.
This infection is the most common reason why Kenyan children are admitted to hospitals, while for adults, it’s one of the two main causes of hospitalization, apart from childbirth.
An important fact that you should know about pneumonia is that not all cases of this infection are identical, since there are various infection-causing agents, including different bacteria strains, bacteria-like creatures, viruses and fungi, that can cause it. If your infection is not treated immediately, these can spell disaster for your health.
Be warned that the conventional treatment protocols prescribed by physicians to pneumonia patients can be just as threatening as the infection itself. While these medications may seem like the best option to heal from the disease, the health risks that can arise speak otherwise.
It pays to have adequate knowledge on how to deal with pneumonia since you’ll never know when it will strike you or your loved ones. These pages provide sufficient information to help you in distinguishing the various types of pneumonia from one another, watching out for symptoms, and finding the adequate treatment that would be needed to treat this infection.