25th April is World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day-Keep your surroundings clean and stay free from the disease.
World Malaria Day is observed on 25th April globally. Malaria has disturbed human lives to a great extent. The reason is that mosquitoes are everywhere and according to World Health Organisation (WHO); no significant progress was achieved towards the control of malaria between 2015 and 2017. More than 4 lakh lives were claimed by malaria in 2017 and we need urgent action to control this issue.
Udaipur, Rajsamand, Dungarpur, Banswara, Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh have seen people affected by malaria every now and then, though the graph has comparatively gone down to some extent. As per doctors, Udaipur is malaria endemic zone. The malaria causing mosquito leaves plasmodium parasites in human blood some of which reach the liver. When the affected person does not take complete treatment, immunity goes weak which gives chance to the parasite to hit the liver. In the absence of complete dosage, malaria is known to strike back even the person is not bitten by mosquito. Even the spleen enlarges.
Year 2001 had more than 8000 cases of malaria because of contaminated water collection in pot holes in a number of places. This percentage dropped by 86 percent in 2018. It is recommended by the medical specialist and heath officers that everyone must observe a dry-day per week in the sense that all water tanks, water coolers, containers etc. must be cleaned every week. Malaria is spread by female anopheles mosquito which lays eggs in clean and still water. Eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days and by that time the water becomes contaminated. If everyone takes care of cleanliness, malaria can be controlled to a great extent. Eradication of malaria is possible on ground level by checking water storage places, entomological surveys, availability of anti-malarial kits and various other aspects.
A workshop will be organised today in the office of CMHO. Public will be encouraged to maintain clean surroundings to prevent malaria from hitting their homes and neighbouring areas.