Over 24,000 Pakistani children die of Pneumonia every year: UNICEF

Published: December 27, 2012

Workshop held in Quetta to introduce a newly launched Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV10). PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Over 24,000 children in Pakistan die of Pneumonia every year that is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus Pneumonia, revealed a report by Unicef officials on Thursday.   

Unicef officials Dr Tariq Iqbal and Dr Aurangzaib Kamal revealed facts about Pneumonia at a workshop held to introduce a newly launched Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV10).

The workshop was jointly organised by Unicef, the government of Balochistan and Society of Social Development.

“According to a survey report compiled from the data of government and private hospitals, about 663,000 Pneumonia cases are reported every year in Pakistan and over 24,000 children suffering from Pneumonia out of the total number of these cases die of the disease,” the officials said.

They added that the maternal mortality rate at the national level is 272 out of every 100,000 and the child mortality rate is 94 out of every 100,000.

They further stated that the annual maternal mortality rate in Balochistan stands at 785 out of every 100,000 and the child mortality rate at 89 out of every 100,000.

The officials announced that Unicef, in collaboration with the provincial government, was going to introduce Pneumococcal Vaccine (PCV10) in January 2013.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Sexton Blake
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:34PM

    I am quite elderly and about 8 years ago was foolish enough to allow the medical world to give me the Pneumovac vaccine, made by Merck & Co. Inc. I am still suffering from the resulting complications, and thus have not been well since, but of course the medical people will not admit Pneumovac is the cause. Take a Pneumococcal vaccine at your peril.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:37PM

    We may not save lives of our children but we do have big bombs! I have taken this vaccine 4 years ago and so did all my family as we travel a lot, and none of us has any problem with that. In fact most elderly and high risk people are offered this vaccine as a proactive step against the disease. Beware of Taliban and their supporter’s rant that would make all vaccination a Western conspiracy. Vaccination is imp and in Western schools the students are not accepted unless they have all prescribed vaccines for their age.

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  • Balach Khan Baloch
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Shut up! Pakistan is a nuclear power with advance missile technology.

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