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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-68

Intestinal helminth ic infestations among primary school children in Sokoto

1 Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo Unversity Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
2 Department of Haematology, Usmanu Danfodiyo Unversity Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Health, Usmanu Danfodiyo Unversity Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria

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M Ibrahim
Consultant Paediatrician, Usmanu Danfodiyo Unversity Teaching Hospital, Sokoto
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A prospective study surveyed 2762 children aged 5-1-1 years selected randomly, in ten local government areas ofSokoto State, Nigeria with the aim of evaluating the children Health and nutritional status, and any disease conditions prevalent amongst them. Stool samples collected were inirialv preserved in dean bottles cantaining 5ml of 1 O%formalin saline. These were then processed by modified formalin-ethyl acetate sedimentation technique to determine ova counts. Intestinal parasites were isolated in 7-1.8% of the children. A remarkable 81% po y-parasitism was noted among infested children. Nine different parasites were isolated, with T saginala (!J -1%) and II. Nana (20.8%) topping the list of the most prevalent parasites. Other parasites isoLated include/ Giardia lambia , .I duodena/e. Ascaris Lumhricoides, Hookworm, T lrichuria, E histolytica and E coli. J11ajority of the children came from poor rural and socio-economically derived families. It is concluded that , a high prevalence ofintestinal parasites exists in primary school children in Sokoto State. Intervention programme with de-worming agents would most certainly benefit all school children in Sokoto.

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