A pulmonologist professor in Turkey who made important statements due to the World Pneumonia Day said Pneumonia is a serious infectious disease that threatens community health. “oral and dental health and hygiene are very important in terms of body resistance, tooth decay increases the risk of pneumonia,” is warned.

The World Health Organization has adopted ‘World Pneumonia Day’ in order to draw attention to the fight against pneumonia worldwide. The Turkish pulmonologist professor who made statements due to World Pneumonia Day Doctor, giving information about the disease, issued warnings.


A Turkish professor who said that bacteria in the oral flora multiply when the body’s resistance decreases, leading to pneumonia Dr. “Everyone has these bacteria, but it happens in fewer numbers. As the body’s resistance drops, the immune system weakens, bacteria multiply and reach the lungs, causing pneumonia. A decrease in body resistance in cold weather, a break in the protective mechanisms of the respiratory tract, also increases the risk of pneumonia. Passive smoking in children is also the cause of pneumonia, so families should never smoke next to their children. Children should also be careful about oral hygiene and brushing their teeth,” he said.


Pneumonia ranks first among the causes of death of children under the age of 5 worldwide, said Prof. Dr. “in adults over 65 years of age, it is again the most important infectious disease that causes death. One of the most common lung diseases is pneumonia, which gives symptoms in the form of fever, cough, sputum removal sometimes chest pain and shortness of breath when it is very common. Every year, 2-15 of a thousand adults in the world experience pneumonia. In Turkey, pneumonia is observed in 3-11 thousand adults per year. There is a decrease in pneumonia-related deaths in children with the presence of antibiotics, routine administration of the vaccine, but there has been no change in this rate in old age. In particular, half of those hospitalized for pneumonia over the age of 80 lose their lives. As the elderly population in the world has increased, both the incidence of pneumonia and the rates of loss of life due to pneumonia have increased. 50 percent of deaths in intensive care units are due to pneumonia,” he said.


A professor who noted that everyone can have pneumonia, but the incidence is higher in risk groups Dr. “people can get pneumonia when their body resistance drops after a flu infection. Lung damage can remain, especially after childhood pneumonia. Expansion of the airways and frequent recurrent infections over a lifetime lead to solidification of the lungs over time. It can cause permanent damage to the lungs and loss of volume. Chronic lung disease can develop after severe pneumonia in adulthood,” he said.


A professor who lists Risk groups Dr. “citizens over 65 years of age, diabetes, chronic heart, cancer and lung patients are at risk,” was said. In addition, those who take drugs that suppress the immune system are also at risk. For example, drugs used by people with rheumatic diseases. Or people with a disease that requires long-term cortisone use, spleen taken, alcohol and smoking also have an increased risk of pneumonia,” she said.


A professor who emphasizes that you should not smoke Dr. “we should also use alcohol as little as possible. The pneumonia vaccine is very important, especially for children under 5 years of age, since 2008, the vaccine has been given in 2,4,6 and 12 months under the direction of the Turkish Ministry of health. As of January 2019, only the 6th month has been removed. We protect children with vaccines. In adults, the priority is given to those aged 65 and over. Although there are no health problems, everyone over age of 65 is recommended to be vaccinated against pneumonia. In addition, those who are at risk, no matter how old they are, should be vaccinated.”

Pneumonia is very common in children in most African countries, the Turkish Professor Doctor said, “the reason for this is malnutrition, and malnutrition in careless, orphaned adults increases the risk of pneumonia, he said. The improper mask use can also lead to pneumonia.


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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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