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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1971-1975

Pattern and determinants of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in a rural area of Haryana: A school-based study

1 Department of Community Medicine, Pt BD Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Department of Pediatric, Pt BD Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
3 Medical Officer, Director General Health Services, Haryana, Jhajjar, India

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Dr. Raj Kumar
Department of Community Medicine, Pt B D Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_278_19

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Background: In the world, helminthiasis is the major public health problem in school-age children. More than 60 million school-age children live in intensively transmitted areas and they need immediate treatment and preventive interventions. Methodology: The study was conducted in the rural government schools of Block Beri, District Jhajjar (Haryana), India, and the study was descriptive and cross-sectional in design. The study recruited 300 school-going children in the age group of 6–10 years. Results: In this study, the mean age of subjects was 7.68 ± 1.467 years and prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths was 28.7%. The association between practice of hand washing and practice of washing fruits and vegetables with helminthic children were found statistically significant. Conclusion and Recommendation: Impart health education among community through primary care physician about wash hands before eating food and after defecation, washed thoroughly raw and uncooked food before eating.

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