EVALUATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTESTINAL PARASITIC INFECTION AND HEALTH EDUCATION AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN IN GAZA CITY, BEIT-LAHIA VILLAGE AND JABALIA REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE

Basil Kanoua, Erian George, Yehia Abed, Adnan Al-Hindi

Abstract


This study aimed to test the impact of health education
programmer's intervention on the prevalence of intestinal parasites among
school children in Gaza city, Beit labia villages and Jabalia refugee camp
"Gaza Strip" over 6 month.
In this study 432 stool samples were collected from school children aged 6-
11 years old, each stool sample was examined using wet mount and formalether
sedimentation technique. Of these 432 stool sample 125 were found to
be positive with a prevalence of (28.9%). The infected children were treated
with suitable anti- parasitic drug under the supervision of school of health in
the ministry of health. Then the treated children were divided into two
groups the first group remained on the treatment only but the second group
received treatment and health education. After 6-month a second stool
sample was collected from each child in the two groups then analyzed.
The final result indicated that prevalence of intestinal parasites had declined
from 21.5% to 5.1%. Ration was 3.4% in first group which received
treatment only and 1.62% in second group which received treatment and
health education. The rule of health education in decreasing prevalence of
intestinal parasitic infection was statistically significancant (P= 0.001). The
relationship between intestinal parasites and sex, residence, age, school, job,
of father and other relations were investigated and studied.

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