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PSN, PACFAH Partner To Avert Under-5 Mortality

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With about 196,420 under five deaths in Nigeria caused by Pneumonia and Diarrhea, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Partnership for Advocacy In Child and Family Health at Scale ([email protected]) is advocating the use of Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt for the treatment of the diseases.

The president, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, during [email protected] advocacy visit to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Lagos state, said the main focus of the project is to fight diarrhea and pneumonia in children under five.

Yakasai said, “Under five Mortality is very high in Nigeria and we want to see a situation where the trend can be reduced.  We are advocating the usage of so as Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt to improve children’s health.

The [email protected] Program Director, Pharm. Ibrahim Ayuba said due to poor access to life-saving drugs, 854,000 of the 7,028,000 annual live-births in Nigeria die before their fifth birthday.

Ayuba said about 196,420 of the Annual 854,000 under five deaths in Nigeria are caused by pneumonia and diarrhea. He said, “These diseases have killed a lot of children, meanwhile, they can be easily and cheaply treated.”

Mainstreaming the use of the Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt for pneumonia and diarrhea, according to Ayuba, would save the lives of many innocent children from the aforementioned killer diseases.

“Availability, affordability and accessibility of Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt is critical to saving innocent under five children from pneumonia and diarrhea deaths,” he added.

The director general, NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye said Diarrhea and pneumonia are the quickest killers of under five. She said, “I am very happy with the Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and Co-Pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt. We have these drugs but we don’t have newer ones to counter the microbial resistance. The pharmacy initiated medicines may be the way to go.”

 



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