"prevalence and associated risk factors of parasitic infestation among children in eastern part of nepal"

Durga Devi Chaulagain and Kamal Prasad Parajuli

Intestinal worm infestation is one of the major childhood health problems in developing countries including Nepal. Report shows almost 35% people mostly children, in Nepal are taking medicine against worm infestation. In Nepal more than 70% morbidly and mortality are associated with infectious diseases and they are also top ten diseases of the country. The findings of the study show that 24% of the school going children was infected with the intestinal parasites and the most common types of worm were Giardia lamblia, Ascaris lumbricoides, and Hymenolepsis nana respectively. It has been found that there is an association between prevalence of parasitic infestation and demographic variables like ethnicity, education of mother, and habit of disposing excreta.



The experimental data were collected edited, organized and entered into MS Excel. Then data cleaning was done to increase accuracy. The data were analysed by using descriptive analysis (mean, median, mode and standard deviation) and Inferential Analysis


The findings of the study showed that infestation among school children is 24%. The common types of the parasites detected were G.lamblia, A. lumbricoides and H. nana. The education level of mothers directly affects the prevalence of parasitic infestation in a community.


The major findings of the study are as follows

I) 24% of the respondents was infected with parasites.
2) G.lamblia, A. lumbricoides and H. nana were the common parasites.
3) Parasitic infestation is higher in Adhibashi Janjati
4) Education level of mothers directly affects the prevalence of parasitic infestation in a community
5) Habit of defaecating of excreta in open air affects the prevalence of parasite infestation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/23956429.ijcmpr20170240
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