ISABB Journal of
Health and Environmental Sciences

  • Abbreviation: ISABB J. Health Environ. sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1937-3236
  • DOI: 10.5897/ISABB-JHE
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 16

Article in Press

Geohelminth Infection amongst people in Agbaja communities of Ehime Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria

Duru Amarahukwu Azuogu

  •  Received: 02 January 2022
  •  Accepted: 25 October 2022
Geohelminths infections has become a major public health problem in children of developing countries owing to poor socio-economic conditions, lack of good sanitation and hygienic living. Prevalence of geohelminth infections was carried out in ten villages in Agbaja autonomous community located in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. The stool samples examination was done using formal-ether concentration sedimentation technique. Results obtained from the data were statistically analyzed. Of the 114 consenting persons. 72 (63.16) were positive of geohelminths parasites. Four species of geohelminths parasites - Ascaris lumbricoides (59.1%); Hookworm (21%); Strongloides stercoralis (10.8%); and Trichuris trichiura (75%) were identified. Prevalence rate was higher amongst females (33.33%) than the male (29.82%). Poly-parasitism prevalence percentage was highest with co-infection of Ascaris lumbricoides and Hookworm being (6 1.1%) infection among persons in rural farms than those in semi urban. The study revealed a high prevalence of geohelminth parasites infection amongst people in Agbaja communities. Poor sanitation and hygiene was the major risk factors to the infection.

Keywords: Geohelminths, parasites, prevalence, polyparasitism, gastrointestine