Intestinal Parasitosis among the School Children of Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Chetana Dahal Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Baghbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Puja Katwal Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Baghbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Anju Thapa Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Baghbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Deepa Sharma Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Baghbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rama Khadka Padmakanya Multiple Campus, Baghbazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: Intestinal parasites, school children, concentration technique, Kathmandu, Nepal

Abstract

Objectives: The present study was conducted to determine the intestinal parasitosis among the school children of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Methods: This study was carried out from February 2018 to May 2018. During the study, a total of 194 stool samples were collected from school going children of age above 5 years to below 15 years old and processed in Padma Kanya microbiology laboratory. The detection technique used for the parasites was concentration technique (Formal-ether Sedimentation method) and iodine mount was used for slide preparation. Data were entered into SPSS and analysis was done employing Chi square test.

Result: Among 194 total cases, 12.4% (24/194) children were infected with parasites where female were highly infected (70.8%) and children of age group 9-11 were highly infected (58.3%).Parasitic infection was high in non-vegetarian children (83.3%) than vegetarian, symptomatic cases (66.7%, 16/24) than asymptomatic cases, public school (66.7%, 16/24) compared with private school, higher in children who don’t wash hands with soap before meal (87.5%) than who wash hands before meal and in children not taking anti helminthic drugs (95.8%) than children taking anti-helminthic drugs recently within six months. Further, children using direct tap water for drinking purpose were highly infected than others.

Conclusion: The parasitic infection among school children was found closely related to their health hygiene, sanitary condition, water consumption and other activities.  

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2018-09-26
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Dahal, C., Katwal, P., Thapa, A., Sharma, D., & Khadka, R. (2018). Intestinal Parasitosis among the School Children of Kathmandu, Nepal. Tribhuvan University Journal of Microbiology, 5, 89-96. https://doi.org/10.3126/tujm.v5i0.22320
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