Nearly 20 per cent of pre-school children die in the country because of pneumonia, according to a WHO report. To create awareness on the disease, city hospitals will observe World Pneumonia Day on Friday. At a press conference organised by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Chennai branch, here on Thursday, P. Ramachandran, Director, Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, said the message on the occasion is to recognise the symptoms early, refer a doctor, do not miss immunisation and breast feast the child. “The younger and more malnourished the child, the more prone one is to pneumonia,” said Dr. Ramachandran. The ICH gets around 2,000 pneumonia cases in a year, he added. The IAP – Respiratory Chapter is organising the 22nd national conference, ‘RESPICON 2010', at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, on November 13 and 14. D. Vijayasekaran, organising secretary, said about 500 delegates will attend it and pneumonia would also figure in the deliberations.

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