Available online Jul 19, 2018.
[ Original ] Volume 24, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 233-241
Prevalence and risk factors predisposing to intestinal helminthic infections vary widely. Risk factors to intestinal
helminthic infections among children have not been documented in Gwagwalada, Nigeria which necessitated
To determine risk factors to intestinal helminthiasis among children aged 1 – 15 years in Gwagwalada,Nigeria.
Cross-sectional study was carried out from June to November,2011 in public schools using multi-staged,random
sampling.Risk factors and helminth species were determined.Multiple stool samples were analyzed using the Kato-
Katz technique.Participants had a single anal swab to search for Enterobius ova.
Of 220 subjects evaluated, prevalence rate of intestinal helminthic infections was 73.2%. Most common helminth
identified was Ascaris lumbricoides (40.9%) and least was Trichostrongylus species (2.3%). Logistic regression
analysis showed that significant, predictors of intestinal helminthiasis among subjects were female gender (P=
0.028), lack of hand washing after defecation (P< 0.01), multiple sources of drinking water (P= 0.011) and eating of
unwashed fruits/vegetables (P= 0.012).
The present study identified predictors of intestinal helminthiasis among children Gwagwalada. Efforts should be
made to institute regular health education, provision of potable water, environmental sanitation and de-worming
programmes for children,as ways of reducing burden of the infections.
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Volume 24 | Issue 3
Page Nos. 233-241
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