Concerns raised over pneumonia disease in children & elderly


NONTHABURI – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has raised concerns regarding pneumonia disease among children and elders, urging the general public with cold-like symptoms to seek medical attention.

The Minister of Public Health Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has said that the cold and windy condition of winter season, especially in the northern and northeastern regions, will increase the chances for the general public to be affected by respiratory tract diseases, which could lead to pneumonia.

Statistic from the Bureau of Epidemiology shows that Thailand has recorded 192,189 cases of pneumonia during 1 January – 30 November 2015, with a total of reported 406 casualties. Two out of three pneumonia patients are children and elders, with 122,279 cases and 301 casualties.

The MOPH Minister has said that all public health agencies and hospitals have been ordered to promote healthy living lifestyles among the general public, and encourage the public to seek medical attention should they catch a cold, in order to prevent pneumonia.

Pneumonia acutely infects the respiratory tract, and is a disease with high fatality rate.