Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, has said that the state government is to procure 2,000 dozes of pneumonia vaccines.
Dr Ishaya, who told Journalists in Gombe on Tuesday, observed that pneumonia was one of the contributors of early childhood mortality therefore the need for vaccines.
“Pneumonia is one of the contributors of early childhood mortality and is preventable hence the need for vaccines.
He said they were going to introduce in to immunization schedule for every child to benefit.
He said pneumonia is a lung inflammation caused by bacteria or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus, and may become solid inflammation which may affect both lungs.
The commissioner further said as soon as the fund is release they will procure the drugs.
It may be recalled that An International Organization Save the Children has called on Gombe government to set a guidelines for the prevention and treatment of pneumonia.
The Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Advisor of the organization, Dr Joseph Serike, made the call during the fourth state council on health meeting in Gombe.
He said Pneumonia is a deadly disease, especially for children in developing countries.
According to him the treatment for most types of serious pneumonia was usually antibiotics which typically cost less than N150 per dose hence the need for state government to procure I t and give it freely to every child.