1Adediran M.B, 2Odaibo A.B.
1Integrated Science Department, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria
2Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria
This study determines the prevalence and intensity of urinary schistosomiasis in school children between the ages of 3-19 years in Igan-Alade, a rural and endemic community in Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria. Urine samples were collected from 252 children. The samples were examined with a microscope for Schistosoma haematobium ova and the number of egg were counted and recorded as egg/10ml urine. Of the 252 children examined, 111 (44.05%) had infection, with no significant difference (P<0.05) in infection rates between boys (45.24%) and girls (42.86%). The prevalence of infection did not increase significantly with age (P<0.05). The overall geometric mean intensity was 12.28eggs/10ml urine. The result of this study has shown that urinary schistosomiasis is a major health problem in Igan-Alade community. Therefore government should provide drugs regularly for those infected and should help prevent further transmission by providing modern sources of water for community use.