7th April is World Health Day and will be dedicated to Food Safety this year.
20th April is World Malaria Day and will be dedicated to invest in future, defeat malaria.
To earmark both the days, IMA will be sensitizing 2.5 lac doctors in the country through SMS and emails, about Food Safety and prevention of Vector Borne Diseases.
Giving the details, Padma Shri Awardee Dr A Marthanda Pillai, National President & Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General, IMA said that more than 3 lac children in the age group 0 to 5 years of age die every year because of food and water related diseases.
The core messages of the Five Keys to Safer Food are: (1) keep clean; (2) separate raw and cooked; (3) cook thoroughly; (4) keep food at safe temperatures; and (5) use safe water and raw materials.
One should not keep food in room temperature for more than two hours.
Vector Borne Diseases specially Dengue are likely to increase this year. Therefore, mass sensitization of doctors is required to check the disease. IMA has decided to enter into an understanding with the NVBDCP, Govt. of India to work in this area.
Malaria mosquito is a night biter and a noise causing mosquito.