Assessment Of The Effect Of Nutritional Status And Intestinal Parasitic Infection On Academic Performance Of Elementary School Children In Teda Town Gonder Ethiopia.

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A cross sect ional st udy was conducted invo lving 641 students of the two primary schoo ls ofrnTeda town, North Gonder. The purpose of the study was to determine the nutritional andrnintesti nal parasitic infect ion (lP I) status of the chil dren, the effect of IPI and nutritional statusrnon the chi Idren's academic performance, and the effect of IPI on nutrition. Data were collectedrnus ing questionnaire and anthropometric measurements. Physical and stool examinations werernalso carried out. School average scores were obtained from school records. The data werernentered, processed and ana lysed using EPI Info vers ion 6, computer software (and itsrnsubprogram EPINUT). Underweight and stun ting were found to be 59.S% and 41.7%rnrespectively, whereas the overal l IPI rate was 77.7%. The commonest infection was AscarisrnIUl11bricoides with prevalence or 66. 7%, followed by Entameba hi stolytica with prevalence ofrn14.S%. Low than high pupil s' school average score was signi ficantly associated withrnunderweight, X' = 39.45, (p value < 0.0001), and with stunting, 'X = 19.79, (p < 0.001).rnIntestinal parasitic infection did not show any associat ion with the nutritional status and schoolrnperfo rmance orthe child ren. A higher proportion of the younger than the older age group wasrnunderweight, OR = I.S6 (95% CI = 1.32, 2.64). Also higher proportion of the urban studentsrnthan that of the rural ones were unde rweight, OR = 2.25 (95% CI = 1.59, 3 . IS), and arnsignificantly higher proport ion of the urban than the rural students were stunted. The town andrnthe rural studen ts were not diffe rent regarding to II'I. Th is survey should sensitize concernedrnbod ies for improving primary school chi ldren's health and nutri tion. Recommendations arernmade to take actions to alleviate the lPI and nutri tional probl ems of the school children .

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Assessment Of The Effect Of Nutritional Status And Intestinal Parasitic Infection On Academic Performance Of Elementary School Children In Teda Town Gonder Ethiopia.

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