Help fight malaria with text messages

Medical researchers in Kenya They were dedicated to send for a year text messages containing information and advice on the malaria , to the cell phones of a group of workers in the country. All this to be able to observe how technology helps the prevention Y treatment correct against the disease.

The study published in the English magazine The Lancet, explains that those people who they received the texts registered an improvement of 25% in their recovery against malaria , regarding patients who did not have messages on their cell phone.

The use of these telephone sets for this type of situation is favorable, because the person receiving the information, in addition to having it present during the day in case of an emergency, can consult it and Act correctly.

Mosquito carrier of malaria

The malaria or malaria It is caused by a parasite (called sporozoite) that is transmitted from one human to another by the bite of mosquitoes . It infects the blood and alters its contribution to vital organs , mainly to the liver.

This disease is a major health problem in a large part of tropical and subtropical countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) calculates that each year there are 300 to 500 million of cases of malaria and that more than 1 million people they die because of this one.

Between the symptom of the malaria They include fever, severe headaches and vomiting, which usually appear 10 to 15 days after the insect sting . If left untreated, the patient's life can be endangered in a short time.

Researchers think that you should consider the use of text messages cellular route in Health programs in Kenya, with the aim of improving the worker's health and strengthening his awareness in prevention against diseases.


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