PREVALENCE OF INTESTINAL PARASITES IN SCHOOL AGED PUPILS IN GWANDU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA
*Dalijan H. A., Adamu T., Yahaya M. M., Isah B. A., and Suleiman J.
Intestinal parasites are one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Nigeria. The aim of this research was to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites among school aged pupils of six selected primary schools in Wando Local Government Area of Kebbi State. The study was carried out during the period of December 2015 to May 2016. A total of three hundred and thirty one (331) samples were examined using the formol ether concentration technique revealing an overall prevalence of 89(26.9%). Ascaris lumbricoides had the prevalence of 74(22.4%), Trichuris trichiura had the prevalence of 4(1.2%), while multi-parasitism had the prevalence of 11(3.3%). The prevalence of infection was noted to be higher in females pupils 49(31.0%) compared with the male pupils 40(23.1%). Also among the age group examined, a higher prevalence was observed in children between 5 and 9 years with 61(28.1%) than 10 and 14 years with 28(24.6%). However, in both cases, the difference in the prevalence was not statistically significant (p>0.05).
Keywords: Parasites, Intestinal parasites, School aged pupils.
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