Malaria: This deadly disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasites, that are spread to the individuals through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito(malaria vectors). World Malaria Day is every year observed on 25th April to raise awareness amongst the individuals to effectively fight against the disease. This year, the theme for Malaria's day is Ready to beat Malaria, where the global community of malaria is getting together all over the world to end the disease and is effectively working towards a common objective to make the world completely Malaria free. Moreover, the theme even focuses on bringing ahead the progress achieved in the past few years and also puts a light on the worrying trends that have been noted. According to a survey that was released in the year November 2017, there were in all 216 million cases of malaria in the year 2016, whereas in the year 2015, total 211 million cases were noted. It was back in the 60th session of the World Health Assembly that they decided to establish World Malaria Day in order to raise awareness and provide the effective tips to fight against the disease. Whenever a person suffers from Malaria, the usual symptoms are:
If you see a person with any of these symptoms, seek a doctor's help immediately. Today, on account of World Malaria Day, here are 3 effective tips that will help you keep away from mosquitoes and make you ready to beat Malaria.
1. Holy Tulsi Leaves: The holy basil leaves are easily found in the balconies and backyards of the majority of Indian houses. They possess certain properties that kill the larvae of the mosquitoes. Hence, it will be a great idea to have a Tulsi plant at the entrance of your home. You can also spray basil oil to prevent insect and mosquito bites.
2. Neem Oil: This is one of the highly priced medicinal oil that may come handy to avoid the mosquitoes and can also be mixed with coconut oil and be applied all over the body.
3. Wear proper clothing and carry necessary utilities: Make sure you and your family wear fully covered clothes when you go out to a tropical region. Remember to consume antimalarial drugs before you go there. Ensure to carry mosquito nets along. Do not do camping near stagnant water. As much possible, stay in AC rooms. In addition to the above tips, there are tests, trials, and researches going on to find a global vaccine for malaria. However, no commercial vaccine is yet available in India. Presently, there are 20 vaccines that are in advanced pre-clinical development stage. As of now, Europe is known to have one approved vaccine effective against malaria. With the above effective tips and prevention measures, let us all pledge together to prevent ourselves and our families from the mosquitoes and the other uninvited diseases that come along.