Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2014, Page: 69-80
Survey on the Awareness of Schistosomosis Infections in Gomboru – Ngala, North- Eastern Nigeria
A. A., Biu, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Parasitology and Virology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Gwana, A. M., LaboratoryUnit, A.H.P. Department, Mohamet Lawan College of Agriculture, P.M.B. 1427, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Bako, M. M., Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Bassey, E. E., Department of Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Bagudu, B. Y., Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria
Bukar-Kolo, Y., Department of Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Unimaid, Nigeria
Sadiq, A. B., Department of Biochemistry, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Mustapha, U. M., Department of Animal Health and Technology, Mohamet Lawan College of Agriculture, P.M.B. 1427, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Abdullahi, M. M., Department of Basic Science, Mohamet Lawan College of Agriculture, P.M.B. 1427, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Received: Aug. 4, 2014;       Accepted: Aug. 21, 2014;       Published: Sep. 10, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20140205.12      View  2505      Downloads  108
Abstract
This research study was carried out on the survey on the awareness of Schistosomosis infections in Ngala Local Government Area, Borno, North Eastern Nigeria. The public awareness of the disease urinary or vesicle Schistosomosis (bilharzias) within the populace of the said communities has been determined. A total of 1000 respondents were involved, 572 (57%) males and 428 (43%) females, compound structured opened and closed ended questionnaires were administered randomly. The results obtained, revealed that, respondents under the age group of 9 to 18 years old are the highest in number while the least are 59 to 68 years old. Educational background; 44% acquired Arabic and the least is 16% craft skills, most of them are farmers 35%, 24% were said to be practicing traditional treatment for Schistosomosis when infected, 48% said the sign and symptoms is presence of blood in urine, and from all indication only 17% said that they are aware of the disease bilharzias and 83% of the respondents were not aware of the disease, neither it’s ways of contacting. There is no any relationship between the male and female respondents interviewed, when infected with the disease (bilharzias), they sort for traditional methods of treatment by using among common, are herbal concoctions and sour milk whey soaked with cornflakes as means of treatment. Only least numbers were patronizing clinics and hospitals for the proper treatment of the disease. Haemoparasitosis is endemic in tropical and sub tropical developing countries, including Nigeria; with Schistosomosis is seconded by Malaria are most common and very important childhood diseases and where sources of infection occur, especially, the Schistosom ahaematobium infection which is through contact with contaminated waters. The Government and or any authority concern should enlighten the populace of the communities on the awareness of the disease, Schistosomosi, its ways of infection, proper treatment and prevention. This is in order to control and eradicate the disease in this area.
Keywords
Awareness, Communities, Herbal concoctions, Gambaru - Ngala, Public, Schistosomosis
To cite this article
A. A., Biu, Gwana, A. M., Bako, M. M., Bassey, E. E., Bagudu, B. Y., Bukar-Kolo, Y., Sadiq, A. B., Mustapha, U. M., Abdullahi, M. M., Survey on the Awareness of Schistosomosis Infections in Gomboru – Ngala, North- Eastern Nigeria, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 69-80. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20140205.12
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