KTU Faculty of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü stated that deaths can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia. Prof. Dr. Özlü pointed out that pneumonia ranks first among infection-related deaths in Turkey.
While pneumonia ranks first among infection-related deaths in Turkey, we aim to draw attention to this important health problem, to protect from the disease, to ensure regular use of treatment and to emphasize the importance of vaccination for risk groups. World In 2009, the Health Organization declared November 12 as World Pneumonia Day.
KTU Faculty of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Tevfik Özlü stated in his statement that deaths can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia.
ATTENTION DRAWED TO UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE
Stating that pneumonia can be severe, especially in populations under the age of 5 and over 50 and in those with chronic diseases, Prof. Dr. Özlü emphasized that alcohol, substance abuse and smoking may also increase pneumonia deaths. He also shared the information that most of those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic developed pneumonia.
Prof. Dr. Özlü said that pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease and that there are vaccines such as annual flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccines for risk groups. He stated that disease prevention measures include factors such as control of chronic diseases, strengthening the immune system, balanced nutrition, active life, sleep patterns, fluid intake, stress management and hygiene.
A SPECIALIST SHOULD BE CONSULTED IF SYMPTOMS ARE OBSERVED
Prof. also gave information about the symptoms of pneumonia. Dr. Özlü stated that the symptoms include fever, chills, chills, cough, shortness of breath, chest and muscle pain, cyanosis, increased respiratory and pulse rate, sweating, weakness, malaise, nausea and diarrhea. He emphasized the importance of immediately consulting a pulmonologist in the presence of these symptoms and starting treatment with early diagnosis.
THERE IS A RISK OF DEATH IN 40 PERCENT
Prof. stated that there is a risk of death in approximately 20 to 40 percent of pneumonia cases requiring intensive care. Dr. Özlü emphasized that early diagnosis and treatment is vital. (DHA)