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Sex Prevalence of Schistosomiasis among School Children in Five Communities in the Lower River Volta Basin of South Eastern Ghana

E Nkegbe

Abstract


This study was undertaken among school children in 5 communities in the lower Volta Basin in South eastern Ghana to assess sex prevalence of urinary schistosomiasis among the children. Results obtained showed that the disease prevalence was higher among the female pupils (64%) than their male counterparts (21.8%). This higher prevalence of schistomiasis among the females than the males was attributed to the numerous water contact activities of females as a result of unavoidable domestic chores that they undertake which compel them to enter the river to fetch water thereby exposing them to the infection.

Key words: Schistosomiasis,Basin, prevalence,domestic,chores




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