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Dengue and Malaria - 5 Tips To Protect Yourself from Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Highlights

  • Mosquitoes are carriers of dengue and malaria

  • Get rid of stagnant water to prevent mosquito breeding

  • Use mosquito repellents and window nets

  • Get a Dengue Insurance to get adequate coverage

Dengue and malaria are both vector-borne diseases transmitted through mosquitoes. The rate of infection increases during the monsoon as these carriers typically breed in stagnant pools of water. Therefore, medical experts advise people to take adequate precautions as prevention and quick treatment of these diseases are vital.

Here are the 5 easy tips you can follow to protect yourself from vector-borne diseases in India.

1. Do not allow water to stagnate in your surroundings

Mosquitoes normally breed in stagnant water. Therefore, to prevent this, make a conscious effort to close off any areas that accumulate water in and around your house. Be diligent about emptying vases and sealing water containers to prevent your family from getting infected. If you have a garden or backyard, a helpful tip is to add kerosene to stagnant water. The kerosene acts as a barrier and suffocates the larvae in the water itself, thereby stopping them from growing into disease-carrying mosquitoes.

2. Install Window nets

For an added layer of protection, consider installing window nets at home or your workplace to stop the malaria and dengue fever vector from coming in contact with you. Invest in good quality nets and if need be, use mosquito nets at night too. While this may be a substantial one-time investment, it’s certainly worth the expense.

3. Apply skin-friendly mosquito repellents

Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), an international leader in research and prevention of vector diseases, suggests wearing full sleeves in order to minimise mosquito bites. Mosquito repellents are also a cost-effective solution that you can rely on. However, ensure to pick a repellent that lasts for several hours and isn’t loaded with harmful chemicals as these can come with side effects of their own.

4. Avoid visiting areas that are flooded or contain pools of water

Dengue is ranked high on the vector-borne disease list because it is extremely easy to get infected by it. Therefore, to protect yourself from dengue and malaria, the best thing to do is avoid areas that are flooded or contain puddles and potholes. The neighbourhood swimming pool or pond are likely to be hotspots for mosquitoes too, so be sure to avoid them as well, especially during the monsoon.

5. Use mosquito sprays in the dark corners of your home

An efficient way to deal with disease-carrying insects is to spray the corners of your home. Mosquitoes are generally found in darker areas and so this trick helps reinforce your other preventive measures. By restricting the mosquitoes’ movement, you can minimise chances of infection.

However, it is also important to be prepared in case either you or your family gets infected. Treatment for vector-borne diseases in India can be expensive and conventional medical insurances may not cover outpatient treatment that dengue usually requires.

To tackle this, you can opt for the Dengue Cover offered by Bajaj Finserv under its Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions category. The policy is designed to help ease the financial strain due to treatment costs of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria. The policy targets dengue and malaria-related medical expenses by offering up to Rs. 50,000 for diagnostic tests, doctor’s fees, medication cost, and hospitalisation expenses. 

Additional Read: Dengue Fever Symptoms, Causes & Preventions

Further, the policy also covers pre-hospitalisation expenses and daily hospital room rent up to Rs. 2,000 per day. This ensures that you get the best treatment without having to make any compromises. Moreover, this policy under the Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions costs just Rs.299 annually. To protect yourself and your family today, apply online in three simple steps. Log on to the website, fill dengue cover online application form and pay the premium online easily.

Following these tips ensures that you have all your bases covered when trying to avoid the sting of vector-borne diseases.

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