Prevalence of Worm Infestation and Malnutrition in School going Children and risk factors responsible for Worm Infestation

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Prevalence of Worm Infestation and Malnutrition in School going Children and risk factors responsible for Worm Infestation

Muhammad Mateen Khan1, Abdul Khalid Awan2, Raja Muhammad Arif Khan3, Naveed Ahmed2, Wafa Hussain4 and Muhammad Asif Khan5

1Azad Jammu & Kashmir Medical College, Muzaffarabad 2Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences, Muzaffarabad

3 Department of Education, Govt. of AJK, Muzaffarabad, 4Central Blood Transfusion Services, Muzaffarabad, 5Agricultural Department, Govt. of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad.

 

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Objectives: Prevalence of malnutrition in AJK is very high in children between the age of 5-14 years and research based information about these health problems are generally lacking in school going children. The purpose of the present study was to find out the relationship between malnutrition and worm infestation in school going children.

Methodology: The study was carried out in Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) Muzaffarabad. Total 1902 students from nine Government schools of Muzaffarabad of age 5-14 were examined. Among these, 200 children were found with 3rd degree malnourished excluding children who were suffering from chronic diseases. Weight and height of the students was recorded. Stool samples of the students were collected and examined within one hour of collection under direct light microscope.

         

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