World Health day is celebrated on 7th April every year to mark the anniversary of founding of WHO in 1948. As per priority area of public health , WHO select a theme for every year, which provides opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
Almost half of the world’ population is at risk of vector borne diseases like dengue, malaria. So,WHO have choosen topic for this year as Vector Borne Disease – “prevent yourself from vector borne disease”
What is it?
Vector: vector are small organism. It transmit pathogens & parasites from one infected person / animal to another.
Some common vectors are: Mosquitoes, sand flies, bugs, ticks, snails & black flies. Vector Borne diseases are illness caused by these pathogens in human populations.
Common vector borne diseases: Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, typhoid, bird flue, cholera, yellow fever, encephalitis etc.
Can we prevent it? – Yes, we can protect ourselves & our families by taking simple preventive measures.
- Integrated Vector Management: New approach that reinforces linkages between health & environment, optimizing benefits to both.
- Personal Protection: Get vaccinated, get rid of stagnant water from places where mosquitoes breed such as in old containers, flower pots etc, Sleep under an insecticide treated bed net, install windows screen, use insect repellent etc.
Personal hygiene is the key to prevent vector borne diseases. This World’s Health Day let our self make aware about this disease and make our society disease free!
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