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A school-based schistosomiasis and intestinal helminthiasis control programme in Nigeria: acceptability to community members

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In a population with high prevalences in schoolchildren of infection with hookworm (32.4%), Ascaris (22.9%) and Trichuris (2.5%), visible haematuria (17.9%), micro-haematuria (17%) and proteinuria (47.3%), the knowledge about transmission of schistosomiasis and acceptability of a school-based control programme were assessed. The community perceived schistosomiasis (80.6%) and intestinal helminthiasis (66.5%) as important health problems in school-age children and most people would prefer placement of the control programme in school because it would eliminate transportation cost to the health facility. They welcomed the idea of using teachers for detection of infection and drug administration. The health staff, on the other hand, were willing to work with teachers, but emphasized that teachers should be limited to organizational and supervisory roles while they do tests and administer the drug. This view was also shared by the officials in the state ministries of health and education.
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Keywords: Nigeria; control; helminthiasis; schistosomiasis; school-based

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Applied Biology, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, 2: Department of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, 3: Department of Cooperatives and Rural Development, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, 4: Department of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, 5: Department of Science Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, 6: Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Publication date: 01 October 1998

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