On the occasion of the World Health Day (WHD) this year with the focus on vector borne diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged people to get involved in activities that can lead to better health. According to WHO, this year the spotlight on common vectors such as mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks and snails that are responsible for transmitting a wide range of parasites and pathogens that attack humans or animals.
WHD is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948 with a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health each year. The theme provides opportunity for individuals and the civic bodies in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health of the individuals.
WHO's campaign this year aims to raise awareness about the threat posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases and to stimulate families and communities to take action to protect themselves. "A core element of the campaign will be to provide communities with information. As vector-borne diseases begin to spread beyond their traditional boundaries, action needs to be expanded beyond the countries where these diseases currently thrive," holds WHO.
In India, with the rainy season ahead, we need to get prepared to control the mosquito menace. As we know that mosquitoes not only transmit malaria and dengue, but also lymphatic filariasis, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever in our country.