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5 Ways You Can Eradicate Malaria

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发表于 2019-04-30 01:46:46 来自手机 |阅读模式
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[br][br]It is yet another World Malaria day and we are reminded of the thousands that have lost their lives to the menace that is malaria.[br][br]Recent statistics state that Malaria in Ghana alone, it accounts for 60% of patient visits to health facilities, 30% childhood death, and 11% of maternal death (about 4,500 people die yearly). [br][br]The financial loss due to malaria annually is estimated to be about 132 billion cedis in the form of treatment cost, prevention, loss of man-hours, etc.[br][br]Sadly, a lot of malaria deaths occur at home, without proper diagnosis. The harsh reality is that in the poorest, rural areas, where malaria takes its highest toll, it is difficult to obtain accurate data and to derive meaningful malaria statistics and measure.[br][br]Owing to Ghana’s poor healthcare system, many patients unsuccessfully struggle for access to basic health care. For those that manage to succeed, the health care and treatment are occasionally of questionable quality.[br][br]In response to this saddening situation, several bodies, within and outside Ghana have taken several steps to deliver effective healthcare across Africa through free medical services including drug combinations with an artemisinin derivative and anti-vector measures.[br][br]While their measures should be applauded, we can’t help but wonder how much they can really do with Ghana’s population well over 25 million. It is indeed an alarming situation.[br][br]Hence, we have compiled five ways you can help in the fight to eradicate malaria:[br][br]· Cleanliness[br][br][br][br]This is a MAJOR issue in the average Ghanaian environment which is daily overridden with dirt and waste dominated gutters owing to a shortage of adequate waste management bodies.[br][br]It is pertinent to note that mosquitoes can breed in just 14 days in a small amount of water.[br]"Something as small as a bottle cap can be a breeding spot for mosquitoes," says Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the American Pest Management Association. "The good thing is that they can't fly very far, so if you can eliminate breeding spots on your property, you can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes near your house.”[br][br]Thus, you must make sure that all gutters and any form of stagnant water within and around your environment are swiftly eliminated to help curb and eradicate the spread of malaria.[br][br][br][br]·  Keep The Mosquitoes Outside[br][br]Even though you’ve gotten rid of all forms of stagnant water in your environment, mosquitoes will still find a way.[br]Hence, you must put protective measures such as mosquito nets in place. You should also make sure that your doors/ nets are always shut except when necessary.[br][br]This would help to ensure that mosquitoes do not have access to human beings and spread malaria.[br][br]·Make Use Of Chemicals[br][br][br][br]This is an effective method to get rid of all the mosquitoes that snuck in when you weren’t looking.[br][br]Remember to fumigate your house once in five or six months. This would kill the mosquitoes in hidden corners. Make sure that all doors and windows are kept sealed until the exterminator says it is ok to open them for maximum results.[br][br]Mosquito repellent creams are also very helpful. It is best to use repellent creams that contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, which are all considered safe when used as directed. [br]They’re safe for pregnant and nursing women, as well as babies over 2 months, though you want lower concentrations of DEET for children. Picaridin and IR3535 as its top choices for repelling mosquitoes. [br][br]Just watch out for skin irritation and avoid spraying chemicals around the eyes or mouth. Jonathan Day, a mosquito researcher at the University of Florida, says to concentrate the repellant on your ankles, feet, lower legs and wrists — thin-skinned spots mosquitoes love to bite.[br][br]·Diagnose And Treat[br][br]Early diagnostics and treatment will reduce the chances that carriers pass on the disease through mosquitoes. Hence, you should try to go for malaria tests at least once in three months especially if you live in areas with stagnant water or gutter.[br][br]You can also make use of antimalarial medications as PRESCRIBED by a DOCTOR.[br]It is worthy to note that overuse of antimalarial drugs can lead to drug resistance so do not take any medication that was not recommended by a doctor.[br][br]·       Go The Extra Mile[br][br]While there are a good number of health bodies working to curb the spread of malaria, they are hindered by several factors such as limited resources for Ghana’s ever-growing population and transportation/language problem for hidden communities among others.[br][br]Thus, do the extra you can in your community. Organize a sanitation timetable, educate as many people as you can. It would go a long way in helping the alarming malaria situation we have in Ghana and the world at large.[br][br] Anti-Malaria efforts are on the rise globally and if you contribute your quota, we are on our way to defeating the monster that is malaria.[br][br]

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发表于 2019-04-30 03:19:58 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层
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发表于 2019-04-30 05:35:38 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层
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发表于 2019-04-30 11:55:56 来自手机 | 显示全部楼层
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