WAYS TO PREVENT MALARIA
For many people, their home is where they feel safest. It's where they are most likely to let their guards down and live life the way they want. However, not many realise that some of the biggest dangers could be lurking in their homes. Mosquitoes - they are one of the biggest threats to a person's well-being. They are capable of spreading various diseases, and one of the most deadly among them is malaria.
What is malaria?
Malaria is a mosquito-borne life-threatening disease triggered by a parasite called Plasmodium. For transmission from mosquito to human, all it takes is a bite by the Anopheles mosquito. On being fed into the bloodstream of the victim, the parasites instantly begin multiplying in the host’s liver before they start to infect and destroy red blood cells.
Early and effective diagnosis can help treat malaria.
Prevention is an important weapon in the fight against malaria. The two primary elements involved in this are: preventing mosquito bites and preventive medication.
So how can one prevent malaria?
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) created an ‘ABCD’ to spread awareness about both malaria and malaria treatment among people, especially travelers. Here’s how it works:
A. Awareness of risk
B. Bites and how to avoid them
Awareness of risk
Depending on where you live, the country you intend to visit, and the time of year, the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito (and the type of malaria) differs. So proper measures need to be taken to avoid being bitten, especially in areas where malaria is prevalent.
Bites and how to avoid them
Although the most effective method, it’s also the most overlooked. It’s simple – if you don’t get bitten by any mosquitoes, you will not contract malaria! In fact, avoiding bites is not difficult; remembering to follow the precautions is the challenging part.
Female Anopheles mosquitoes typically bite at twilight and at night (9 pm to 5 am), so this is when you need to take adequate precautions. Mosquitoes tend to hide in vacant spaces like below the bed, behind cupboards, in dark corners etc. They usually come out while you are asleep and unaware and bite you. This makes it essential for you to ensure that there are no mosquitoes in your room when you go to bed.
Here are some precautions you should take:
Make sure the windows and doors of your room are covered with a screen/mesh. Make sure the mesh has no holes through which mosquitoes can enter.
Kala HIT can instantly kill even hidden mosquitoes. It reaches every nook and corner of the room and eliminates these dangerous pests, keeping you and your family safe. So, before going to sleep, spray it in your bedroom to kill any lingering mosquitoes.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and thick and high socks to dissuade mosquitoes.
It’s claimed that mosquitoes find light-colored clothes less attractive, so try to wear such colors.
If your room isn’t air-conditioned, keep the fan switched on. The circulating air seems to deter mosquitoes to an extent.
Mosquitoes thrive in areas with stagnant water, so ensure there is none around your home or the place you are visiting. In general, stay away from stagnant water.
Prevention is better than cure
Mosquitoes are found in every part of the world, not just in tropical jungles, so it pays to be always on your guard. The failsafe option is to take suitable precautionary measures to avoid being bitten in the first place. It’s as simple as that.