keywords: Children, communities, examine, primary, Schistosomiasis and urine
A study was conducted on the prevalence of Schistosoma haematobium infection among primary school children in some selected communities within Dutsin-ma Local Government Area of Katsina State. A wet mount preparation technique was employed to determine the prevalence of S. haematobium egg in urine. Questionnaires were administered to children to collect information on socio-demographic data and water contact activities. A total number of two hundred and twenty five (225) urine samples were examined for S. haematobium ova, and of all the samples examined 109(48.4%) were found infected. Male had high prevalence occurrence of ova compare to that of females. High rate of infection was observed in age group 6-9 (22.2%) out of 50 samples examined followed by those aged 10-12 with (20.9%) out of 47 samples examined. The study shows that there is no significant difference (p>0.05) between infection and the study area, sex, age and occurrence of ova. However, there was significant difference (p<0.05) between the infection and the parental occupation. Though there is a high prevalence of S. haematobium in the study area, but periodic control measures should be taken to reduce or completely eradicate the disease.
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