Health Insurance for Malaria: On World Malaria Day, Let’s Demystify Health

Sep 25, 2019 | 2 months ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team
Health Insurance for Malaria

The worldwide action against malaria is at a critical point. After a remarkable stretch of positive results in controlling malaria, there is once again a great need to pick up pace. As the World Health Organisation is garnering support from partner-associates across the world, the theme this year is to gather energy and dedication from countries to unite over the mutual purpose of a world free of malaria.

Where does India stand in its fight?

As per statistics, India reported 331 deaths in 2016-the highest in Southeast Asia; 95% of malaria cases come from rural areas. What makes this preventable disease the cause of a staggering number of deaths in India?

As we observe World Malaria Day on 25th April, let’s demystify health and look at how we can defeat this menace.

How is malaria spread

Malarial parasites are transferred to humans through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. These parasites breed in the liver and the circulatory system of the person bitten by the infected mosquito. In some cases, malaria is also carried by blood transfusion. Due to this, individuals who have travelled to malarial-prone regions may be held back for a short period, if they wish to donate blood. A pregnant mother can also transmit malaria to her foetus.

Preventing malaria

There is a substantial danger of getting malaria if you are in a mosquito-prone region. Taking precautions to prevent the disease is critical. Along with diagnosis and therapy, the WHO urges people to take proven prevention methods, such as insecticide-covered netting, dispersing the home with insecticides, and making use of precautionary medication for vulnerable categories such as pregnant women and kids five years of age.

How to Avoid Getting Malaria?

i. Cover your body
Wearing light, relaxed long-pants instead of shorts, and wearing long-sleeved shirts can help ward off mosquitoes. This is important especially during sundown and at night, when mosquitoes are active.

ii. Use mosquito repellents
Mosquito repellents are a good way of preventing mosquito bites. They are available in the form of creams, lotions and sprays. Apply them generously on all exposed body parts.
Plug-in vaporisers and coils are an effective remedy against mosquitoes. Similarly, spraying specific insecticides spraying around the house is also a good preventive measure.

iii. Use effective screening
Screening doors and windows can be effective in keeping away mosquitoes. If it is not possible to fix screens, ensure doors and windows are closed correctly, mosquito nets are extremely useful in warding off most winged insects including mosquitoes

iv. Malaria preventing medication
As a precautionary step, you may want to check if you need to take malaria prevention medication. Ensure you are taking the right antimalarial medicine at the right dosage, and more importantly finish the course.

Pay special attention to children, as they are susceptible to mosquito bites. Make use of child-friendly mosquito repellents on children, especially when outdoors.

What are the Symptoms of Malaria?

Symptoms of malaria include:

1. Fever
2. Headache
3. Body ache
4. Nausea
5. Fatigue
6. Diarrhoea
7. Blood stools
8. Profuse sweating

You must seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Since malaria can escalate and aggravate quickly, it is important to be correctly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

It is essential to check with your medical practitioner for the right anti-malarial medication, especially if you are travelling or staying in a malaria-prone region. Newer reports suggest that malaria treatment is becoming challenging, as the parasites are getting more and more drug tolerant.

Role of health insurance

At times like these, having a health insurance is a blessing. Malaria is not just physically debilitating but can also drain finances especially if the patient needs hospital admission. A health insurance policy takes care of the finances as you recover. Thus, do not delay investing in one.

To sum up

From prevention to detection to treatment – malaria can be easily defeated. Ensure you take simple precautionary measures, keep your surroundings clean and maintain a personal hygiene routine. To know about Aegon Life’s life insurance products like term insurance and other products, visit our home page.


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