25th April is marked as World Malaria Day and let’s see what we can do to better fight off the deadly disease
Malaria is a deadly disease that is caused by infected mosquito bite and can be life-threatening especially for children under 5 years old. Many organizations and individuals have come up today on world malaria day to join hands and fight together against this deadly disease.
The World Health Organization has come up with ways by which malaria can be prevented. It shows practices to stop breading of mosquitoes and preventive methods of getting a mosquito bite.
In the year 1897, Sir Ronald Ross was the first to establish that the cause of malaria is not a climatic condition but mosquitoes. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in the year 1920 in Calcutta. The invention changed the scenario of how malaria was been perceived and opened a whole new world of prevention and cure.
The world first vaccine against malaria has been developed and is given to Malawi children especially to prevent the deadly effect of malaria. The vaccine actually attacks the malaria parasite that spreads by mosquito bites. “This is a landmark moment for immunizations, malaria control, and public health,” Dr. Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunization and Vaccines at the World Health Organization, told the BBC. This has been a landmark in the history of immunization against malaria.
The World Health Organization promotes a video where they say that still today a child dies every two minutes due to malaria. Let’s join hands together and fight against this fatal disease and make the world malaria free. They have named the initiative to educate people about preventive methods for malaria and have named their drive as “Zero malaria starts with me.”
The ministry of health care, India has also announced that diagnosis and treatment of malaria are free at any Government health care facilities of the country. It encourages people to take a step further for irradiating malaria from India.
TMC leader and Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal, India, has Twitted to fight against malaria and announced that they have made a Joint Action Plan for the state to fight against malaria.
Hindustan Times has also taken the initiative to educate its readers about malaria, its early symptom, causes, and treatment.