You will not like the star (or should we say villain) of today’s article, that much we are sure about. These pesky insects buzz around us everywhere, literally feast on our blood and cause really serious illnesses. What else?
Yahan machhar ki baat ho rahi hai. Mosquito-bites, something that is such a regular occurrence in our life (itna ki hum uske baare mein sochte bhi nahi hain, unless of course ek dum se machhar kaat jaye), is the reason behind many dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Encephalitis and many more.
Today, on World Malaria Day, T-Boy wants to tell you why we need to be aware of this common but deadly disease.
First, why do we even have a World Malaria Day? Well, malaria kills lakhs of children worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates this day to raise awareness so that with time, we are able to save lives and control the spread of this infection.
We don’t want to give you a science class, so to keep it short, Malaria is caused by the plasmodium parasite which enters our bloodstream through the bite of a female anopheles mosquito.
But ye kaise pata karein ki which mosquito is of which type? That is why when it comes to vector-borne diseases like malaria, prevention is the best option.
In your homes, offices and neighbourhood, make sure that you don’t allow stagnant water to collect in drains, potholes, utensils, buckets, etc. These are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
If you notice an increase in the number of mosquitoes in your area, use insect repellents and insecticides to kill and get rid of as many as possible.
Keep doors and windows closed in the evenings and use a fine net on doors and windows.
If infected, learn to identify malaria symptoms, especially if you travel frequently or live with children. Flu-like symptoms with headache, fever, shivering and bodyache among others should definitely result in a visit to the doctor.
Mild cases of malaria can be treated with oral medicines, but severe cases require intravenous (injections) treatment and hospitalization.
We know this got a little heavy T-fans, especially since we are already dealing with a pandemic outside. But we always aim to be responsible and spread awareness about good health habits.
With the upcoming summer and monsoon seasons, it is the right thing to do to spread as much awareness as we can.
Stay safe and stay healthy!