At least 18 children lost their lives in Pakistan’s Punjab province due to pneumonia amid intense cold weather.
Quoting health department data, 1062 cases of pneaumonia were reported of which the majority were from Lahore. To save children from catching pneumonia, the government has decided to impose a ban on holding a morning assembly in schools until January 31.
Meanwhile, caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has expressed grave concern over the rise of pneumonia cases among children in Punjab.
According to Sharafat Zaman Amarkhil, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, more than one million children have been suffering from this disease and have attended health facilities since the beginning of the year.
“The number of infected people that we have is almost 1.3 million, but unfortunately the number of deaths is more than the past year,” said Sharafat Zaman Amarkhil, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.
Every year on November 12, World Pneumonia Day is observed. Afghanistan is one of the nations where pneumonia is still a major cause of death. Many patients and those who died as a result of this disease are children.