We all care and we should.
Yesterday, Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists (PAPP) with the world's leading healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline joined by selected media danced and moved to the groove of The Maneuvers led by Jason and Joshua Zamora to help donate pneumococcal vaccines and increase awareness of the number 1 cause of death among Filipino children at Makati Shangrila Hotel. This historic event produced at least 145 vaccines from the count of doctors and media participants who joined the said dance event.
The "Move! Step Up Against Pneumonia" was a dance revolution as one of the many groundbreaking projects that PAPP took to help promote the health of the Filipino children to better generate, integrate and disseminate knowledge of pediatric pulmonary medicine within the country. I remembered my own niece who suffered from this disease years ago and how hard it was to save him so I have so much sympathy to the children concerned. According to the World Health Organization, infections and diseases caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium are the leading cause of deaths of children all over the world with about 800,000 kids dying every year. It was even alarming to hear that 37 Filipino children die everyday because of pneumonia.
The pneumococcal disease can actually be prevented through proper immunization given in the first year of life but the vaccine is not yet included in the childhood immunization program of the government due to lack of funds. This is one sad reality that all parents and soon-to-be parents should be aware of.
This year's "Move" is the third installment in a series of dance events to get everyone - from doctors, nurses and pediatricians to parents and families to be involved in the fight against pneumonia. I was really happy joining the event although I can only strut limited moves and grooves because of my physical condition. Hats off the the efforts of PAPP with GlaxoSmithKline and the groovy media participants for losing their inhibitions and danced because we successfully helped more kids through donations of vaccines and raised awareness to all of this alarming disease yesterday.
The Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists is an organization of pediatric pulmonologists committed to promote continuing medical education, research and information in pediatric pulmonology for the benefit of its members and of the entire field of pediatric healthcare. Their motto, “Save Our Children’s Lungs,” embodies their unique contribution and is the moving force that compels each and every member to this service.
Dra. Sally Gatchalian – Medical Director-Biologicals
Dra. Mary Ann Aison – Organizing Committee Head of PAPP Annual Convention