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Health problems of peacekeepers carrying out mandatory tasks in Chad, Central Africa

Krzysztof Korzeniewski, Krzysztof Skórczewski
International Maritime Health 2011;63(1):37-40.

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Vol 63, No 1 (2011)
TROPICAL MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2011-04-29
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

Background. The article presents the results of the author’s own studies concerning the morbidity profile in the group of soldiers serving in the Polish Military Contingent (PMC) deployed to Chad in the period May 2008–April 2009 within the framework of a European Union operation (EUFOR) and a United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINURCAT).
Material and methods. The conducted analysis was based on medical records of soldiers (n = 540) treated at Level 1 (FOB Iriba) and Level 2 (HQ Abeche) medical centres located in the operational zone where the PMC was stationed. Irrespective of the evaluation of diseases of particular organs and systems, parasitological examination for the presence of intestinal parasitic diseases using a light microscopy were carried out.
Results. The research has demonstrated that the most serious health problems occurring in the group of Polish soldiers in the given period included: skin diseases (22.7%), respiratory tract diseases (18.9%), digestive tract diseases (12.9%), and non-battle injuries (9.2%).
Conclusions. Parasitological examinations toward intestinal parasitic diseases, conducted among Polish soldiers (n = 247) in the mission area in April 2009, revealed the occurrence of protozoan pathogens (55 cases of Giardia intestinalis, 2 cases of Entamoeba histolytica/dispar).
(Int Marit Health 2011; 62, 1: 37–40)

Abstract

Background. The article presents the results of the author’s own studies concerning the morbidity profile in the group of soldiers serving in the Polish Military Contingent (PMC) deployed to Chad in the period May 2008–April 2009 within the framework of a European Union operation (EUFOR) and a United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINURCAT).
Material and methods. The conducted analysis was based on medical records of soldiers (n = 540) treated at Level 1 (FOB Iriba) and Level 2 (HQ Abeche) medical centres located in the operational zone where the PMC was stationed. Irrespective of the evaluation of diseases of particular organs and systems, parasitological examination for the presence of intestinal parasitic diseases using a light microscopy were carried out.
Results. The research has demonstrated that the most serious health problems occurring in the group of Polish soldiers in the given period included: skin diseases (22.7%), respiratory tract diseases (18.9%), digestive tract diseases (12.9%), and non-battle injuries (9.2%).
Conclusions. Parasitological examinations toward intestinal parasitic diseases, conducted among Polish soldiers (n = 247) in the mission area in April 2009, revealed the occurrence of protozoan pathogens (55 cases of Giardia intestinalis, 2 cases of Entamoeba histolytica/dispar).
(Int Marit Health 2011; 62, 1: 37–40)
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Keywords

Chad; Central Africa; soldiers; health problems; parasites

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Title

Health problems of peacekeepers carrying out mandatory tasks in Chad, Central Africa

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 1 (2011)

Pages

37-40

Published online

2011-04-29

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2011;63(1):37-40.

Keywords

Chad
Central Africa
soldiers
health problems
parasites

Authors

Krzysztof Korzeniewski
Krzysztof Skórczewski

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