Prevalence of intestinal parasites among school children of Janakpurdham, Nepal


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Author Details : Ranjit Kumar Sah*, Anjali Jha, Shiv Nandan Sah, Pradeep Kumar Sah

Volume : 7, Issue : 2, Year : 2021

Article Page : 94-99

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijmmtd.2021.021



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Abstract

Background: There is considerable variation in the findings over the years of study in the prevalence of school-aged children in different parts of Nepal. Recent progress in the living standards of the citizen may affect the prevalence of intestinal parasitosis.
Objective: This study was aimed to determine the prevalence of different species of gastrointestinal parasites among school children of Janakpurdham, Nepal.
Materials and Methods: A prospective study was carried out by collecting 155 stool samples from 10 randomly selected schools of Janakpurdham. The samples were processed by the formal-ether sedimentation method and then examined microscopically by iodine and wet mount methods.
Results: Of the 155 students, 17(10.96%) had one or more parasites. Eight species of parasites were identified during this study, Ascaris lumbricoides was recorded in 5 pupils representing 3.2% of the study population, followed by Ancylostoma duodenale 3(1.9%), Entamoeba histolytica 2(1.3%), Enterobius vermicularis 2(1.3%), Hymenolepis nana 2(1.3%), Giardia lamblia, Taenia sp. and Trichuris trichiura each recorded 1(0.6%) respectively.
Conclusion: Relatively low prevalence of intestinal parasitosis in school children of Janakpur city still requires more aggressive interventional steps and lifestyle changes.

Keywords: Intestinal parasites schoolchildren Janakpurdham Nepal.


How to cite : Sah R K, Jha A , Sah S N, Sah P K, Prevalence of intestinal parasites among school children of Janakpurdham, Nepal. IP Int J Med Microbiol Trop Dis 2021;7(2):94-99


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Article History

Received : 28-04-2021

Accepted : 24-05-2021

Available online : 25-06-2021


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