open access

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
Original article
Submitted: 2014-06-30
Accepted: 2014-06-30
Published online: 2014-06-30
Get Citation

Prevalence of intestinal parasites in Afghan community on the example of patients treated in Ghazni Provincial Hospital

Krzysztof Korzeniewski, Alina Augustynowicz, Anna Lass
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0016
·
International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):68-72.

open access

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
TROPICAL MEDICINE Original article
Submitted: 2014-06-30
Accepted: 2014-06-30
Published online: 2014-06-30

Abstract

Background: This study concerns parasitological investigations estimating the prevalence of intestinal parasites in the Afghan community based on the example of patients, both children and adults, treated inthe Ghazni Provincial Hospital, in the eastern part of the country.

Materials and methods: In total, 201 admitted patients with internal health problems were examined in the Afghan hospital in March 2012, including 164 children (1–17 years old) and 37 adults aged 18–80. Stool samples were tested in the Department of Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine at the Military Institute of Medicinein Gdynia, Poland using 3 parasitological methods: direct smear, decantation, flotation (light microscopy).

Results: Intestinal parasitic infections caused mainly by Ascaris lumbricoides, Giardia intestinalis and Hymenolepis nana were confirmed in 81/164 (49.4%) children examined. Among adults, 9/37 (24.3%) patients were infected with intestinal parasites including Ascaris lumbricoides and Giardia intestinalis.

Conclusions: The Afghan community, living in poor sanitary conditions with limited access to health services, is one of the most infected populations in the world. The parasitological investigation focused on intestinal parasites performed by the Polish health service among the eastern Afghan inhabitants is still one of the few screening studies in this country.

Abstract

Background: This study concerns parasitological investigations estimating the prevalence of intestinal parasites in the Afghan community based on the example of patients, both children and adults, treated inthe Ghazni Provincial Hospital, in the eastern part of the country.

Materials and methods: In total, 201 admitted patients with internal health problems were examined in the Afghan hospital in March 2012, including 164 children (1–17 years old) and 37 adults aged 18–80. Stool samples were tested in the Department of Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine at the Military Institute of Medicinein Gdynia, Poland using 3 parasitological methods: direct smear, decantation, flotation (light microscopy).

Results: Intestinal parasitic infections caused mainly by Ascaris lumbricoides, Giardia intestinalis and Hymenolepis nana were confirmed in 81/164 (49.4%) children examined. Among adults, 9/37 (24.3%) patients were infected with intestinal parasites including Ascaris lumbricoides and Giardia intestinalis.

Conclusions: The Afghan community, living in poor sanitary conditions with limited access to health services, is one of the most infected populations in the world. The parasitological investigation focused on intestinal parasites performed by the Polish health service among the eastern Afghan inhabitants is still one of the few screening studies in this country.

Get Citation

Keywords

Afghanistan, intestinal parasites, light microscopy

About this article
Title

Prevalence of intestinal parasites in Afghan community on the example of patients treated in Ghazni Provincial Hospital

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)

Article type

Original article

Pages

68-72

Published online

2014-06-30

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0016

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):68-72.

Keywords

Afghanistan
intestinal parasites
light microscopy

Authors

Krzysztof Korzeniewski
Alina Augustynowicz
Anna Lass

Regulations

Important: This website uses cookies. More >>

The cookies allow us to identify your computer and find out details about your last visit. They remembering whether you've visited the site before, so that you remain logged in - or to help us work out how many new website visitors we get each month. Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.

By "Via Medica sp. z o.o." sp.k., ul. Świętokrzyska 73, 80–180 Gdańsk

tel.:+48 58 320 94 94, faks:+48 58 320 94 60, e-mail:  viamedica@viamedica.pl