More than one million people die from malaria every year according to data provided by UNICEF. The demographic most affected are children under the age of five years. Sub-Saharan Africa is also the region that reports the highest number of malaria cases and deaths. Despite the high number of deaths from malaria reported each year, it is a disease that people should not be dying from. These are some of the reasons why malaria should not kill people:
The affected regions are known
Unlike most diseases, malaria is not prevalent in every corner of the world. There are places that when you travel to, chances of contracting malaria are close to zero. However, contracting malaria in some regions is almost certain if you do not take the necessary precautions. Due to the knowledge available in malaria-prone regions, it is easier to take preventive measures when traveling to these areas. In this way, people can avoid contracting and dying from the disease. For instance, when an individual travels to Sub-Saharan Africa, it is essential to take preventive measures to avoid contracting malaria.
Availability of preventive measures
There are many ways to prevent mosquito bites and avoid contracting malaria. One of the safest options that many people prefer to use is treated mosquito nets. These nets are safe to sleep inside because they prevent not only mosquito bites but also other insect bites as well. People can also use insect repellents when they are out in the open and especially at night. Other preventive measures include taking malaria preventive tablets and wearing clothes that cover arms and legs. Malaria prevention ensures that an individual does not contract the disease.
Malaria symptoms are quite obvious, and it should, therefore, not take long before an individual discovers that he or she has contracted the disease. The ease of identifying symptoms means that people can also seek treatment in good time before the disease causes significant harm.
Malaria is curable
Malaria is a curable disease and, therefore, people should not die from it. It is unreasonable that people should be dying from malaria while there are known cures and its treatment is very straightforward. Certain diseases such as cancer and hypertension may result in deaths due to the complex treatment procedures. Cancer, in particular, can spread fast hence making treatment difficult and expensive. Malaria, on the other hand, does not require elaborate procedures to treat. The treatment cost is also low which makes it even easier to cure. People should not be dying from a disease that is relatively cheap to treat.
Malaria is treatable hence it is alarming that so many people die from it every year. It is also a disease that is relatively easy to prevent. People can avoid contracting malaria by taking various preventive measures such as sleeping inside treated mosquito nets, taking antimalarial tablets, and using insect repellents. The knowledge of malaria-prone regions makes it easier to avoid contracting the disease. The relatively cheap cost of malaria treatment also makes it unreasonable that people should be dying from the disease.