Pneumococcal diseases rank at the top among terminal illnesses causing death in children and adults worldwide. These diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening diseases, result in the death of some 1.6 million people every year worldwide, half of whom are children under the age of five. Convening in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by public health insurance, experts called for global action.
Speaking at the Third Regional Pneumococcal Symposium, Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, cochairman of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), said that the pneumococcus bacteria leading to diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and bacteraemia causes 1.6 million people to die every year, half of whom are children. Dr.
February 13, 2008
ISTANBUL (A.A) – 02/13/2008 – Prof. Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, co-chairman of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), stated that seven children die from diseases caused by pneumococcus bacteria every minute, pointing out that the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination was effective and safe in preventing such diseases.
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