New Delhi: World Malaria Day is observed every year on April 25. The disease is transmitted by the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes which breed in clean and stagnant water.
Some of the symptoms of malaria are high fever, vomiting, body ache, fatigue, nausea and chills. The good news, however, is that malaria is preventable and curable.
In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Health shared the dos and don’ts around the disease on World Malaria Day and where does India stand in its fight against the disease. It also declared that India’s mission is to eliminate malaria by 2030 through a National Framework For Malaria Elimination.
These steps can help you stay cautious and prevent malaria:
- Sleep under bednets
- Spray insecticides on home walls
- Wear long-sleeved clothes while going out of home at night
- Apply insect repellent on clothes when going outdoors
- Keep doors and windows closed
- Don’t let water to stagnate in or around your house
- Maintain cleanliness in your surroundings
- Get your house sprayed with insecticides
- Release mosquito larvae eating Gambusia fish into wells, ponds, large pools of water
- Take anti-malaria drugs to kill parasites
It also shared that reported deaths due to malaria have reduced to 56.94 per cent from 562 in 2014 to 242 deaths in 2016.
“Up-scaling of new tools has helped reduce malaria cases and deaths in high burden World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria supported states,” said one of the tweets, while other stated that “Free of cost treatment for malaria is available at government health facilities”
With April 24-April 30 being World Immunization Week, Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda also took to twitter on Monday to emphasize its importance.
#WorldImmunizationWeek aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) April 24, 2017