WORLD MALARIA DAY – Stay Safe from mosquito bite
MALARIA – Almost half of the world’s population is at the risk of malaria. In the year 2015 there has been around 212 million cases of malaria worldwide and 4,29,000 death due to malaria.
Malaria is a major killer. Malaria infects thousands of people and also is responsible for many deaths due to malaria. Malaria is mostly common in tropical and subtropical countries. The main symptom is fever and shivering. A protozoan parasite is the cause of malaria and it is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Staying safe from mosquito bite is very important. It is important to keep the surrounding clean and take some more measures at personal and community level to keep us and others safe from malaria.
STEPS TO STAY SAFE FROM MOSQUITO BITE
- Practice mosquito bite safety measures more rigidly while it is dark or less light. Mosquitoes bite more frequently during the dark.
- Unlike dengue, malaria transmitting mosquito’s bites are dangerous even during night or after sunset.
- Protect the room/s in your accommodation with mosquitos’ repellents. Protect your exposed area while going out or staying in areas with high risk of mosquito bite with mosquito repellent creams, sprays.
- In high risk areas it is best to cover windows with mosquito nets to prevent east entry of mosquitoes indoor.
- Use mosquito net while sleeping at night or even at afternoon.
- Keep your surrounding clean. Do not let garbage accumulate. Keep the corners of your house and surrounding areas clean. Keep garden area clean. Do not let stagnant water accumulate of pots or anywhere.
- Use mosquito repellent chemicals to spray and pour in your locality and around the houses and open areas to prevent mosquito.
- Anyone with fever and shivering during fever should immediately be given or should take medical help to know if it is malaria. Treatment should start to the earliest.
- Wear covered and long sleeve clothes to keep less area exposed to the risk of mosquito bite.
- People using sunscreen needs to apply mosquito repellent over sunscreen.