Association between Intestinal Parasitic Infestation and Personal hygiene and Food Habit in Children age of among 6–12 years in rural Areas of Bareilly District: A Cross-Sectional Study

Ashish Kumar Sharma, Swati Khan

Abstract


 Background: About 400 million school-age children around the world are infected with roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm. In low-income countries, children aged 5–14 years have 12% of the total disease burden of intestinal worms’ Infestations. Peak levels of these infestations typically occur in hosts aged between 10 and 14 years in endemically infected communities. In these settings, the prevalence rate of intestinal parasitic infestation has been reported to range from 5% to 35.2% or even more. Aim and Objectives: The aim of the study was to study association between intestinal parasitic infestation and personal hygiene and food habit in children aged among 6–12 years in rural area of Bareilly District and the objectives were to find out the association between intestinal parasitic infestation and personal hygiene, food habit and also to suggest suitable recommendation for prevention of intestinal parasitic infestation. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted using multistage random sampling technique in rural area of Bareilly District, Uttar Pradesh, India, from November 2016 to October 2017 with a sample size of 248. Analysis: Among 248 study participants, there was an association of intestinal parasitic infestation between in those participants who were not washing their hand before eating meal, those participants who were eating unwashed vegetables and fruits, participants were walking bare foot, those participants who were not washing their hands after defecation and participants having dirty nail. Conclusion: Intestinal parasitic infections are still major public health problem in tropical countries such as India. Intestinal parasitic infections are still major public health problem in tropical countries such as India. These infections were found to be due to faulty technique of hand washing.

Key words: Association, Bareilly, children, intestinal parasitic infestation


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