Now That The Rain Is Here, Here Is What You Need To About Malaria In 2019
For people in different parts of Nigeria, they experienced the first rain of the year on the 20th of January, 2019. What this means for those in the tropics is stagnant water and the rise of mosquitoes.
In 2017, there were 219 million recorded cases of malaria. Of this number, 90 percent of carriers were found in tropical Africa.
What is more? Unlike these countries where there is access to affordable and adequate healthcare, Nigeria suffers from over 300,000 (11%) each year.
Since 1975, Europe has got rid of this parasite and in 1995, this milestone was achieved in Turkey, Georgia among others.
There are several ways in which mosquitoes can be transmitted; from mother to a child; from blood transfusions, from an uninfected mosquito that feeds on an infected person, exposure to infected blood via red blood cells, from unsterilized syringes and organ transplants.
Malaria shows up two weeks after being infected. However, there are times when the parasite can lie dormant for up to a year. When it attacks the red blood cells, it infects it causing it to burst after two weeks. From then on, the person experiences symptoms such as shivering, fever, sweating, headache among others.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) has a target to eliminate malaria in over 35 countries by 2030. Asides prescribed drugs, here are natural ways that can get rid of this parasite from your body:
Orange juice is a rich source of Vitamin C which can help in boosting immunity.
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger will help treat nausea. Remember to add honey and drink twice a day.
Fresh lime juice
Squeeze the juice and add vitamin C.
Apple cider vinegar
Dilute with water. Using a cloth soaked in the solution, place on your forehead for 10 minutes.
Boil in hot water and strain the pulp on your doctor’s prescription.