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Incidence of Trichomoniasis among Primary School Pupils in Gwagwalada, FCT, Nigeria

C. Adetutu Olanrewaju
University of Abuja, Department of Biological Sciences, Abuja, Nigeria

Abstract—Trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas vaginalis has emerged as one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The prevalence of T. vaginalis among primary school age pupils in Gwagwalada, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria was carried out. Wet mounts of stool samples and urine sediments observed under x10 and x40 microscope objective lenses were used to detect motile parasites. Out of 402 samples collected, a total of 15 (3.73%) were found to be infected with T. vaginalis. The age group 16-20 had the highest prevalence of 25.00% while age group <5 years had no infection and the difference was statistically significant (p=0.0360). Female pupils were more infected (5.37%) than the males (1.25%). The higher recovery rate observed from urine sample (4.48%) confirms its preference over stool sample (2.99%) in the detection/ diagnosis of trichomonas infection. These results may be useful for health authorities, especially primary health care for a better health education and protection against STDs.

Index Terms—gwagwalada, incidence, primary school pupils, STDs, Trichomonas vaginalis

Cite: C. Adetutu Olanrewaju, "Incidence of Trichomoniasis among Primary School Pupils in Gwagwalada, FCT, Nigeria," Journal of Life Sciences and Technologies, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 40-43, June 2016. doi: 10.18178/jolst.4.1.40-43
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