A Correlation Study on the Hygienic Practices and Parasitic Infection to the Academic Performance of the Students in Waan National High School, Buhangin, Davao City

Cynthia Dayoan, Regine Basoc, Hanna Lousie Deomampo Deomampo, Kriza Karla Esparagoza Esparagoza, Monique Montante

Abstract


Parasitic infections can cause mild discomfort and this may affect the academic performance of school-aged individuals. This study concerned the students living in the countryside who are not exposed to community health services such as de-worming. Volunteer students of Waan National High School, Barangay Waan, Buhangin District, Davao City were the respondents of the study. The study aimed to correlate the hygienic practices and parasitic infection to the academic performance of the students. Detection of parasitic infection was done through microscopic examination of feces/ stool samples obtained from the respondents using Kato-Katz technique and Direct Fecal Smear. A Survey questionnaire was used to evaluate the hygienic practices of the respondents and their average grades were the basis for their academic performance. From the results obtained, it showed that among the 22 respondents, only 2 were found negative of parasite infection. The common parasites that infected the students are: Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Entamoeba coli, Hookworm and Enterobius vermicularis. Based on the data analysed using Chi-square Distribution and Eta-Correlation Methods, results indicated that there is no correlation between hygienic practices and parasitic infection towards the academic performance of the students.

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