Saturday, 5 April 2014

World Health Day: Do's and Dont's

 Asalamoalikum/Good Morning

World Health Day is being observed on 7th April. This year topic is vector-borne diseases with  the slogan  'Small Bite, Big Threat' .

World Health Day
Vector borne diseases are endemic in our part of world. They are prevalent due to the overcrowding and unhygienic living conditions augmented by the poverty.
Vectors

These diseases are transmitted by intermediate organisms such as Mosquitoes, Flies, Fresh water Snails that carry viruses, bacteria and parasites. These insects utilize human blood for their propagation and are responsible for causing infection. By eradicating the breeding sites these infections can be under control.
Mosquito
The diseases which include Dengue, Malaria, Chagas disease, Elephantisasis are completely preventable by the following measures.


Do's

  • Keep  yourself covered adequately by wearing long sleeves shirts and pants.
  • Use Mosquito repellents all over the body. If you are allergic, use the herbal one.  
  • Spray insecticides into the dark corners of the house like under the beds, sofas, curtains etc
  • Use mosquito bed nets while sleeping. Insecticide treated bed nets are also available
  • Ensure adequate fluid intake and rest during fever. Diet should comprise of Fresh fruits and milk.
  • Natural way to reduce fever is to apply Cold Packs but don't hesitate to rush to the hospital in case of seriousness.


Don'ts

  • Don't visit outdoors frequently during the outbreak wearing shorts.
  • Don't wear dark colored clothes because mosquitoes get attracted to the dark colors.
  • Minimize Travel to hot and humid regions during the mosquito breeding season.
  • Don't let the water stand in your surroundings and community. Clean and control garbage in yards and gardens. 
  • Don't panic when someone is down with fever as most patients recover completely.
  • Don't let the children play outdoors at dawn and dusk because kids are more susceptible to bite

Educating the people/communities about preventing these diseases should be the major task in order to get the world free from them.

Breeding heaven
A healthy lifestyle and clean surroundings play an important role in creating healthier and diseases free environment.
 Stay Healthy and Promote Health by Information Sharing !!!