Preventing malaria and the steps you should take if you have symptoms

It’s World Malaria Day (WMD) on 25 April – a day in which people across the world learn more about malaria and recognise the efforts to control malaria.

This WMD, know how to prevent and cure malaria:

According the WHO, there are about 228 million cases of malaria a year and about 405 000 deaths. However, the disease is completely preventable and curable. Here’s how:

You can prevent malaria by not being bitten by a mosquito:

  1. Use mosquito repellent on your body.
  2. Spray indoors with a mosquito repellent and keep windows and doors closed between dusk and dawn.
  3. Use a mosquito net sprayed with repellent over your bed at night.
  4. Stay indoors between dusk and dawn specifically.
  5. Use anti-malaria medicines prescribed by a doctor or suggested by a pharmacist (some require a prescription
    and others do not).
  6. Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, especially at night and spray your clothes with repellant too as mosquitos can
    bite through your clothes.

What to do if I think I have malaria:

Get to a doctor as soon as possible if you have symptoms
and live/have visited a malaria area.

Symptoms include a fever, chills, seats, body aches and
a headache. You can also have diarrhoea.

Your doctor will conduct a blood test and
communicate your results

If positive, he/she will give your medicine
to control the infection.

Remember!

For more information, support and advice feel free to reach out to us on:

TOLL-FREE NUMBER: 0800 000 408
EMAIL: transneteap@mhg.co.za
SMS or send a please call me: 083 450 0508