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Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research
College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin
ISSN: 1596-6941
Vol. 4, No. 1, 2005, pp. 78-82
Bioline Code: jm05011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2005, pp. 78-82

 en Prevalence and distribution of intestinal parasitic infestations among school children in Kaski District, Western Nepal
Chandrashekhar, TS; Joshi, HS; Gurung, M; Subba, SH; Rana, MS & Shivananda, PG

Abstract

This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infestations among school children in Kaski District of Western Nepal. A total of 2091 stool samples were collected from school children selected from 11 rural and eight urban schools. The stool samples were examined for evidence of parasitic infections by direct microscopic examination. Prevalence of intestinal parasites was 21.3%. There was a significant difference in prevalence between urban (18.7%) and rural (24.1%) school samples. Giardia lamblia check for this species in other resources (13.2%), Ascaris lumbricoides check for this species in other resources (2.1%) and Entamoeba histolytica check for this species in other resources (1.7%) were the commonest parasites isolated. The results indicate that intestinal parasitic infestation among school children in the study area is mainly water-borne. The burden of parasitic infestations among the school children, coupled with the poor sanitary conditions in the schools, should be regarded as an issue of public health priority. This strongly supports the need for school health programmes that will involve periodic deworming, health education and improvement of school sanitation.

Keywords
Prevalence, intestine, parasite, children, Nepal

 
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