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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-6

Prevalence of intestinal parasites among pupils in rural North Eastern, Nigeria


1 Department of Medical laboratory Science, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
2 Federal School of Medical Laboratory, Jos, Nigeria

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J G Damen
Department of Medical laboratory science, Faculty of Medical sciences, University of Jos, P.M.B.2084 Jos
Nigeria
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Background : The study determined the prevalence of intestinal parasitism among pupils in rural schools (Almajiris) in Konduga local Government Area of Borno state. Materials and Methods: A total of 257 stool specimens were collected at random among pupils (Almajiris) in rural quranic schools; the stools were processed and examined both macroscopically and microscopically by concentration techniques. Results: The prevalence of intestinal parasitism among the Almajiris was 80.9%. The highest prevalence rate was 97.8% while the least prevalence was 67.4%. The 6-8 years age group had the highest prevalence of 85.7% while the least prevalence of 77.7% in the 13-16years age bracket. Ascaris lumbricoides had the highest prevalence of (19.1%) while Trichuris trichiura had the least prevalence of (3.5%). Thirteen pupils in the 5-8 years had multiple parasites; multiple parasitism also occurred in 22 pupils aged 9-12 years and in 11 pupils aged 13-16 years. Conclusion: There is a high prevalence rate of intestinal parasites with attendant risk of intestinal obstruction among the Almajiris in rural north eastern Nigeria.


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