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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-20

Influence of socioeconomic factors on the prevalence of intestinal helminthiasis in school children in Enugu


1 Department of Community Medicine College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
2 Department of community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria

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Chikodili Nwanma Onwasigwe
Department of Community Medicine College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
Nigeria
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A smaple of 365 primary school children in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, stratified according to social status, was studied with respect to the soil-transmitted intestinal helminths. A questionnaire was aministered to the children and samples of their stool were examined for the presence of the intestinal helminthic ova at the parasitology laboratory of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. Certain socioeconomic factors like the area of residence, water supply in the homes of the children and the educational levels attained by the mothers were found to be related to the prevalence of the ova of intestinal helminths. Possible ways of reducing the spread of these parasites are then discussed.


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