Seven Ways To Protect Yourself From Malaria


Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease caused by a Plasmodium parasite. Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the parasites multiply in the person’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells. It also reduces the number of red blood cells in the body, which results in anemia.

Malaria causes over 600,000 deaths annually, with 90% of the malaria deaths occurring in Africa.

Below are way to keep malaria far away from you;

Use a mosquito net

Mosquito nets offer protection against mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. This, however, doesn’t ensure total safety against mosquitoes as the method of usage applies.

Mosquito nets to a large extent ensure mosquitoes are out of your bed at any time in use. To ensure total safety using the mosquito net, check that the net is not torn and ensure it is properly spread or tucked underneath your mattress or bed.

Use insecticide spray

An insecticide is a formulated substance used to kill insects. Make sure that you buy an active insecticide brand that gives immediate annihilating effect against flying as well as crawling insects around your environment. It is not about spraying insecticides.

It is pertinent that you spray in the proper way. Remember to spray under the bed, all the corners of the room, hidden space where mosquitoes can hide.

Go for long pants and long-sleeved shirts

Another way to prevent malaria is ensuring that up to wear protective clothing. This can be done by covering up well; you reduce your chances of getting bit by a mosquito.

Stay in a clean environment

Cleanliness is also essential in preventing malaria. From records, mosquitoes breed more in places where we have stagnant water. Also stay away from any stagnant water such as blocked drainage and gutter common in both rural and urban areas in the country

Your environment says a lot about the breed of mosquitoes. You are advised to stay in cool areas preferably, keep your air conditioning on, as mosquitoes tend to stay out of cool.

Use mosquito repellent

Use an insect repellent cream or lotion, it should be applied to any remaining exposed parts of the skin, especially in the evening and during the night.

Boost your immune system

Nigerians are known to be lackadaisical when it comes to eating a balanced diet. We boast of various kinds of food but an average Nigerian eats the same classes of food daily.

To prevent malaria, you must boost your immune system by eating food that is rich in vitamins and disease-fighting cells. Not neglecting the place of daily intake of fruits like oranges, vegetables, among others.

Take anti-malarial drugs periodically

Finally, we would agree that the rate which some areas are prone to malaria differs with respect to the geographical location of the country.

For residents in malaria prone or infected areas, you are advised to visit various pharmaceutical stores, general and private hospitals to get malaria prevention drugs for periodically say once a quarter.


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