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*Shatha Mahmood Niazi


Introduction: - Deterioration of the health situation and lack of health services has led to a rise the occurrence of intestinal parasites between school students and particularly among nursery school and kindergarten. Objectives: - to assess the mother’s knowledge towards intestinal parasite among children at school age. Materials & Methods: - a cross - sectional study has been conducted in Imam Ali general hospital. The study period extended from 6/2/2016 to 31/7/2016. The sample size was 220 case. One stool specimen was collected from each child. The age, sex and mothers education were recorded where these parameters were included in the data analysis. Stool specimens were normally inspected by two techniques, a direct smear microscopy (wet mount) using saline and lugole's iodine and sedimentation technique using formal-ether according to the standard methods. The SPSS version 20 statistical software was used for data analysis. Conclusion:-in this study the Giardia lamblia & Entamoeb histolyica was more affected in males than female. Majority of cases was low education, unemployed and moderate economic status. High significant has been found between the types of parasite and gender. Recommendation: Epidemiological indication that enhancement of cleanliness and community hygiene, lengthwise with progresses in water source, have a sizable influence in reducing infectious diseases. Also control of the house flies by using pesticides. Taking attention of children specially males who are playing outside the home.

Keywords: Intestinal, parasite, Giardia, infection, mothers, age, school, children, knowledge.

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