Fighting The Curse Of Malaria
Malaria is a curse for the citizens of the impoverished third world countries situated in the Africa's. Vaccines are available, but they are costly. Though this problem is seen in almost all countries 80% of the cases are related to these grasslands. One single question strikes the minds of all people: Why is this problem so bad in this part of the world?
Let me introduce you to the civil wars that ravaged the country for almost 25 years. The war ended in 2002 and with that people set about rebuilding their lives from scratch. Home service centers, lumber yards are all entities of the past. People are building up their lives and homes with whatever is available. Though these people has houses to stay in it is sad to see them sharing the room inside with a swarm of mosquitoes. This is because these dwellings have open windows owing to poverty and other matters.
The main problem is the disease laden mosquitoes that bite farm animals and pick up the virus that is the cause of malaria. These mosquitoes are harbingers of doom for little kids who are bitten by them.
So what is malaria? Malaria is a virus that is transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito and is responsible for the symptoms like anemia, nausea, chills, fever etc that besought those who have been bitten by these insects.
According to WHO statistics most number of malarial deaths is seen in small children who are below five years of age. It is seen that about 8.3% of the total number of these children are stricken by this disease. The malaria virus manifests itself in four different forms and it is sad to see children and adults dying due to the lack of proper medical help.
Prevention is better than cure:
Mosquito and larvae eradication is one of the best means to get rid of this menace. Spraying of insecticides in highly prone areas and elimination of stagnant pools of water are necessary to combat the occurrence of this disease. Government backing along with the help from the local people will serve the cause of getting rid of these insects. However it should be noted that a meticulous and systematic approach should be taken where eradication of mosquitoes and larvae is concerned.
Apart from this hanging of mosquito nets on the beds of children, barring windows with the help of wire mesh screens and the use of mosquito coils and mats to ward off these insects are noteworthy precautions. It should also be noted that as the time from dusk to dawn is the time for these insects to get busy care should be taken by those venturing in the open during these hours. Wearing of long sleeved shirts and full length pants along with thick socks and application of mosquito repellent cream on the exposed areas of the body is a must. Malaria though it is a fatal disease it can be treated and though treatment is complex results are positive.