Infostani International: South Punjab’s government hospitals saw 66 children succumb to pneumonia, with 2,847 seeking care. While 2,207 patients recovered, the situation remains concerning. Pneumonia, causing lung inflammation, poses higher risks for specific demographics.
Pneumonia Outbreak in South Punjab: 66 Children Succumb to the Infection in January, Health Department Reports
In January, government hospitals across South Punjab recorded a total of 66 children losing their lives to pneumonia, with 2,847 patients seeking medical attention. Assadullah Shahzad, the spokesperson for the South Punjab Health Department, revealed on Wednesday that the death toll includes 41 reported deaths from Children Complex Multan, nine from Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur, 14 from Allama Iqbal Teaching Hospital DG Khan, and one each from Sheikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan and Sir Sadiq Abbasi Hospital Bahawalpur.
Notably, Nishtar Hospital Multan had no reported fatalities by January 23. Shahzad provided insight into the situation, stating that 556 pneumonia patients visited outpatient departments, while 2,291 were admitted to Accident and Emergency wards. Encouragingly, 2,207 of the admitted patients have successfully recovered.
Understanding Pneumonia: Causes, Symptoms, and Risk Factors
Pneumonia, characterized by inflammation in the air sacs of the lungs due to infection, presents symptoms such as cough with phlegm, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. Pneumonia can be caused by various organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and its severity can range from mild to life-threatening. Those at higher risk include infants, young children, individuals over 65, and those with health issues or weakened immune systems.