Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. The primary objective of treatment is to ensure complete cure, that is the rapid and full elimination of the Plasmodium parasite from the patients blood, in order to prevent progression of uncomplicated malaria to severe disease or death, and to prevent chronic infection that leads to malaria-related anaemia.
From a public health perspective, the goal of treatment is to reduce transmission of the infection to others, by reducing the infectious reservoir, and to prevent the emergence and spread of resistance to antimalarial medicines.
Importance of diagnostic testing
Patients with suspected malaria should have parasitological confirmation of diagnosis with either microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT) before antimalarial treatment is started. Treatment based on clinical grounds should only be given if diagnostic testing is not immediately accessible within 2 hours of patients presenting for treatment. Prompt treatment within 24 hours of fever onset with an effective and safe antimalarial is necessary to effect a cure and prevent life-threatening complications.
Inclusive content of below topics:-
Types of Antimalarial Medications
Emergency Standby Treatment
Antimalarial(s) In Pregnancy
Symptoms of Malaria
Home Based Management of Fever
(Malaria Home Care, Home Management of Malaria)
Malaria, Dengue & Viral Fever: How to Tell the Difference?
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