India’s pulled all stops in battling the malaria parasite, which has displayed a formidable adaptability to mutate and evade every front line drug. Asymptomatic malaria is the biggest hurdle in India’s goal to stop infection by 2030.
Mosquitoes developing resistance to all types of insecticides are the other big roadblock that’s threatening India’s goal to eliminate malaria – zero indigenous cases in by 2030.
Malaria is a parasitic disease that spreads between humans through the bite of infected female anopheles mosquitoes. Once the parasite enters the human bloodstream, it invades the liver and then the red blood cells. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, sweats, chills and vomiting, and at this stage, the immune system usually fights and controls the infection. If malaria is severe, the parasite disrupts the blood supply to vital organs, including the brain, causing seizures, coma and death.
Malaria is curable and elimination is possible if India scales up its act. The Rs 10653.16 crore five-year National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) launched last week will be as effective as the last-mile delivery.
Information courtesy :- http://www.hindustantimes.com/health/battle-against-malaria-a-war-on-mosquitoes-that-killed-24-000-indians-in-2015/story-LQK2x7hmsTuR238JB8gatI.html