The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF says two million children will die of pneumonia in Nigeria in the next 10 years unless more is done to fight the dreaded diseases.

UNICEF in a statement in Birnin Kebbi by its Communication, Advocacy and Partnership Specialist, Rabiu Musa, said that malnutrition, air pollution and lack of access to vaccines and antibiotics were among the drivers of preventable deaths from pneumonia, which killed a child every three minutes in the country.

According to UNICEF, boosting efforts to fight pneumonia could avert over two million child deaths from pneumonia and other major diseases in Nigeria.

UNICEF added that by 2030, that effect would be so large that pneumonia interventions alone would avert over two million under-five child deaths in Nigeria from all causes combined.