Intestinal Parasitic Infections as Public Health Problem among School Children

Author's: Asfa Ashraf1,2*, Muhammad Naeem Iqbal2,3
Authors' Affiliations
1The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China.2Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan.3The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China.*CorrespondenceAsfa Ashraf, PSM Editorial Office, Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan.Email:sundausnaeem@yahoo.com
Article Type: Perspective     Published: Jan. 31, 2022 Pages: 46-48
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Abstract

Infections by intestinal parasites are a major public health problem and socio-economic issue worldwide, particularly among children in rural communities with poor sanitation. These infections affect child health and development and result in growth and cognitive delays in the long term. The transmission of intestinal parasites is affected directly or indirectly by objects contaminated with feces. In addition, agriculture and food production (e.g., raw vegetables) can be a major source of parasitic infections. In this issue, Edrees et al. report that intestinal parasitic infection was found among 61.85% of primary school children, comprising 63.63% in public schools, and 60% in private schools. A high incidence of intestinal parasites among school children suggests the launch of intervention programs including health education and environmental sanitation.

Keywords

Intestinal parasites,

Public health problem,

Schoolchildren,

Intervention programs.

Authors’ Contribution

MNI conceived and designed the study. AA and MNI wrote and revised the paper.

How to cite

Ashraf, A., Iqbal, M.N., 2022. Intestinal Parasitic Infections as Public Health Problem among School Children. PSM Biol. Res., 7(1): 46-48.