Sunday 14 November 2021
Books – Ahmed Gomaa:
Dr. Tarek Safwat, President of the Egyptian Society of Pneumatic Diseases and Professor of Chest Diseases at Ain Shams University, said that pneumonia is caused by pneumococcal bacteria, and this bacteria is transmitted through infection when coughing or sneezing.
This came during a press conference held today, Saturday, by the Egyptian Scientific Society of Pneumatic Diseases, on the occasion of World Pneumonia Day, which falls on November 12 of each year, in the presence of a number of professors of chest and respiratory diseases, to launch the campaign “Protect yourself from pneumonia”, under the slogan Vaccination “not more than once”, to spread awareness of serious pneumonia and its complications, in addition to the importance of receiving pneumonia vaccination.
Safwat stressed that vaccination against pneumonia protects the person when infected with the Corona virus, so that he is not exposed to serious complications, stressing that despite the similarity of symptoms of pneumonia with the symptoms of Corona, the tests can determine the type of infection, by performing x-rays on the fourth or fifth day of infection.
He pointed out that the pneumonia vaccination is not limited to a specific time of the year, as it can be obtained at any time of the year, and there are two types of pneumonia vaccines, a vaccine that lasts for 5 years, and another vaccine that lasts for life.
He stressed that pneumococcal bacteria can cause infections in many parts of the body, including the lungs, causing pneumonia, and otitis media, which is more common in children, or it may infect the brain and spinal cord tissues, causing one of the most dangerous diseases, a disease. Meningitis and septicemia.
He noted that the symptoms of pneumonia include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, neck stiffness, joint pain, severe ear pain, and pneumococci – in severe cases, can cause permanent hearing loss and brain tissue damage, which may lead to death after a few hours. infection, which makes pneumococcus bacteria one of the most dangerous types of bacteria that must be protected.
For his part, Dr. Adel Khattab, member of the Supreme Committee for Respiratory Viruses and Professor of Chest Diseases at Ain Shams University, indicated that pneumonia is spreading in all countries of the world, but it is more common in low- and middle-income countries, where fewer people receive pneumonia vaccination, due to the lack of Awareness of the dangers and ways to protect against this disease, and the pneumonia vaccine is the best way to prevent infection.
In his speech at the conference, Khattab stressed that the World Health Organization classified pneumonia as the third most deadly disease in the world after heart disease and stroke, and therefore awareness of the seriousness of this disease must be made.
He added that there are 6 and a half million annual deaths from pneumonia, according to the last statistic two years ago, pointing out that the deaths of Corona globally have reached 5 million infections since the emergence of the virus, and yet we are witnessing a state of panic that afflicts peoples from Corona, and the speedy vaccination against it. .
Khattab stressed that the elderly and people with chronic diseases are the most vulnerable groups to infection with pneumonia, and most of them do not know the extent of the risk of infection with such a disease and the damage and side effects it causes to their health and the extent of its negative impact on other pathological conditions that the chronic disease suffers from.
He continued, “These diseases include respiratory diseases, who are 10 times more likely to contract pneumonia than others, diabetes patients who are 3 times more likely to contract infection, as well as heart patients who are 4 times more likely to contract pneumonia, and smoking also increases the chances of contracting pneumonia. Pneumonia infection.
Khattab stressed the need to receive a pneumonia vaccination and to constantly review the treating physician to ensure that the most important vaccinations are necessary and recommended globally to protect against serious diseases, especially in light of what the world is witnessing now from the Corona virus pandemic.