Medication For Malaria Prevention?
Good evening doctor, I want to ask. I got an assignment to the remote areas of Papua. I wonder what medicine I can take to prevent malaria before leaving for Papua. And what medicine can I take while there? Whether it’s medical drugs or herbs that I can easily find or buy at pharmacies.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Malaria is a disease that spreads by the bite of a mosquito that has already been infected by a parasite. This disease is a disease that must be taken seriously, especially in endemic areas because under certain conditions it can cause death.
In Indonesia, regions with high rates of malarial disease are predominantly found in all eastern regions, such as the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, NTT, Papua and Komodo Island. Some areas in Kalimantan, NTB, Sulawesi and Sumatra also have malaria transmission rates, although it is lower.
Regarding your question, there are indeed drugs that can be taken to prevent transmission of malaria, and can be taken even before you are there. But this drug is not an over-the-counter medicine, maybe not all pharmacies provide, there are special drinking rules and there are several types of choices so you should consult your wishes to a general practitioner or internist in order to be guided directly and avoid misuse of drugs.
Meanwhile, other forms of prevention that you can do later in the area are using insecticide-treated mosquito nets to cover the bed, using clothes or blankets that cover the body, regularly cleaning the tub and sprinkling abate powder to eradicate mosquito larvae, using anti-buffer lotion containing DEET , and use mosquito coils and spray. So, hopefully answering your question.