Intestinal Parasitic Infections among Patients Visiting Gorebellllaa Health Center,, North--Central Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) which are neglected globally remain among substantial public health concerns in Ethiopia. Up-to-date epidemiological information on these infections is indispensable to effectively control them in a locality. This study was thus aimed at evaluating the extent of IPIs and status of related sanitary practices among patients visiting Gorebella health center, north-central Ethiopia. Patients visiting Gorebella health center in January-April 2016 who were suspected of IPIs were recruited in a cross-sectional survey. Socio-demographic data were gathered using a semi-structured questionnaire. Stool samples were processed by the direct saline smear method. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS software (version 20). Out of 403 samples examined, 282(70.0%) had one or more intestinal parasites belonging to six different species or types. E. histolytica/dispar/moshkovskii was detected in 205(72.2%) patients followed by G. intestinalis (35(12.4%), A. lumbericoides (33(11.7%), hookworm (12(3.0%), Taenia spp (7(1.7%) and H. nana (4(1.0%). More than half (268(66.5%) of the cases had single infection and only 14(3.5%) were mixed. The result demonstrated the high magnitude of symptomatic IPI in the study area. Simple health promotion actions including education must be scaled-up to sustainably reduce the burden of IPI in the community. The very high prevalence calls for initiation of a deworming scheme in the locality. Keywords: Intestinal parasites, Prevalence, Ethiopia



Intestinal Parasites, Prevalence, Ethiopia