The world’s leading health experts came together in Istanbul to inform and encourage Turkish authorities about the inclusion of pneumococcal vaccination in public health insurance coverage and monitoring of its results.
Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening ailments, and kills 1.6 million people — including more than 800,000 children under the age of five — every year. The experts meeting in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by the public health insurance 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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