Last week I went for a trekking on Niyamagiri hills Orissa. I remained there for seven days. Trekking through inaccessible ways of Niyamagiri hills heights ranging from 500 mtrs to 1200mtrs, sleep in jungles are rarest opportunity and not possible to everyone. Only the frightening thing was malaria. Plasmodium falciparum is one of the dangerous kind of malaria parasite found in these jungles and spread through mosquitoes. The PF Malaria is as dangerous as one may get in to comma within 24 hour of start the infection if not start treatment at once. The symptoms also may be varying to person to person, as heard even loose motion also may be the symptom of PF Malaria which is quite different from plasmodium vivax(PV) malaria (common malaria). Recently one of my friend was suffering from cough and cold diagnosed PF malaria after blood test. So while I pack for trekking ,ensured to keep one each tube of Odomas and good knight cream,because someone had reminded me odomas has no effect in these area, but Odomas is the known brand for mosquito repellent. So I decided to keep both and apply after every two hours alternately, also I kept a good quality mosquito repellent spray. Kept all precautionary items, still many days I forgot to apply the cream due to tiredness.One other thing I kept in my rucksack was one liter diesel, you wonder! No? Yes it was another necessary item in these jungles to keep away wild elephant. I think better is to avoid elephants route, if by mistake confronted only way is to burn some clothe with the help of diesel to scare away the wild elephants or nothing can do with them. Nothing more to worry about other creatures except the above two.
Actually the trekking is the part of my job, so unavoidable and has to stay there till complete the task. This is the first time I am going in this area and also was on an important task. Whatever, I feel happy on getting the chance to see and learn things that I haven’t experienced ever earlier. Really I was enjoying the week.