Well, I’ve been post many topics related to Pneumonia. Even it was just a short post, but it is clear enough to show that pneumonia is not the mild disease anymore.
Now what? Okay, what about serverity of pneumonia and influenza combind? Why I have to combind this two diseases together?
Many Cambodian people thought that these two diseases are different. Yes! Maybe it is different, but in fact, these two diseases are almost the same. Once your child got pneumonia, then influenza likely easy to get though and once they got influenza then pneumonia is more easily to get afterward. These two diseases became the two faces of children killer worldwide.
In Cambodia, where the medical access is still limit, these two diseases become the top first killer for children nation wide. Since 2011, GSK (a UK giant pharmaceutical company) launched the vaccines to protect children pneumonia and to pretect Cambodian people against FLU with a very affordable price. GSK launched its very own 10 valents pneumococcal diseases that can protect children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age from several diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, and acute otitis media. The vaccine is very cost-effective and very affordable. But, unfortunately, the awareness of this availability and the scene of action against this deadly disease from both side (Cambodian people and healthcare professionals) are still have its limit which drive the protection behind the schedule.
To be fully protect Cambodian children from this deadly disease, it needs to have actions from all Cambodian people together, not just from GSKs’ side and especiall MoH needs to have some specific action.
To be your reference, please see this below picture and link to see more detail about any causes that kill Cambodia people every year.