The Environmental Sanitation, Hygienic Practices and the Prevalence of Intestinal Parasitism among Schoolchildren

Ian C. Abordo, Jerald L. Pelayo, Aldwyn A. Nuñez, John Angel Tagra, Ivon Claire S. Militante
2011 Asian Journal of Health  
This paper presents the prevalence of parasitic infection three weeks after a de-worming process in August 2010 of a community in Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines. Using mixed methods, the authors obtained data from the 203 schoolchildren and the parents of the infected school children. Thirteen schoolchildren had parasitic infections, and hookworm was the most prevalent parasite observed. This suggests resistant infection or rapid reinfection after the de-worming process. The infection could
more » ... infection could have occurred especially with the children playing barefooted in contaminated watery areas. The free-living pets that came in and out of their houses could have contributed to the rapid reinfection. The 13 infected children had cough and colds, abdominal pain, manifested pallor, and suffered body weakness. Five of the infected children experienced loss of appetite and four had BMI below the normal range based on
doi:10.7828/ajoh.v1i1.163 fatcat:gytibaor3ncdtasdnzfmqqtgta