Calabar — WIFE of Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, Obioma, says the fight against the eradication of pneumonia in the state must be total as the sickness kills more people than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined together.
Mrs. Imoke stated this while declaring open a two-day training workshop organized by Partnership Opportunity for Women Empowerment Realization, POWER, with support from John Hopkins Bloomberg and International Vaccine Access Centre Organizers for Community Volunteers on Pneumonia Prevention and Control, in Calabar.
She said that participants at the workshop, which had the theme, 'Reducing Pneumonia disease burden at the grassroots level in Cross River State through community engagement', will enlighten women at the grassroots a how to prevent pneumonia which she said was preventable and treatable.
The First Lady said that the volunteers who were drawn from nine local government areas of the state were to be trained on how to acquire knowledge that would help to reduce mortality rate in infants in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in the health sector.
Mrs. Imoke noted with pride that Cross River State was leading in the fight against pneumonia.
In her remarks, the Director of Breadth of Life, one of Mrs. Imoke's pet projects, Dr. Regina Ejemot-Nwadiaro, appreciated the efforts of John Hopkins for its support to the state, stressing that pneumonia kills about 177, 000 people every year.