PUBLICATION, JANUARY, 2014. The Bioscientist. Vol. 2
The Bioscientist Vol. 2 (1): 54-64, January 2014.
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Iwueze et al., 2014. Page 54
PREVALENCE OF TRICHOMONAS VAGINALIS INFECTION AMONG
WOMEN ATTENDING HOSPITALS/HEALTH CENTRES IN ONITSHA
COMMUNITY, ONITSHA NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF
Iwueze, M.O., Ezeanyanwu, L.N. Okafor, F.C. Nwaorgu, O.C. and Ukibe, S.N.
1Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
2University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
3Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
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ABSTRACT (Download PDF )
A study of Trichomonas vaginalis infection among women of Onitsha community in
Onitsha North Local Government area Anambra State, Nigeria was carried out
between January to June, 2013. A total of 200 women less than 20years and above,
who attended hospital/health centres during the study were involved in the study. Two
hundred samples of vaginal swabs were carefully and aseptically collected from the
vaginal area using well-labeled, sterile, non-abrasive high vaginal swab sticks. All
samples were centrifuged and examined microscopically within 2 hours of collection.
The presence of Trichomonas vaginalis was detected by its characteristic jerking
movement in a wet preparation. An overall prevalence of 17.5% T. vaginalis infection
was obtained. The highest prevalence of T. vaginalis infection (27.5%) was obtained
from General Hospital Onitsha. However, none (0%) was obtained in safety Medical
Laboratory. The highest prevalence (47.2%) was obtained from age group 30-39 years
age old. Non-pregnant women were more infected (17.8%) than pregnant ones
(16.7%) but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05). Adequate
personal hygiene, avoidance of promiscuity, faithfulness to on sexual partner, and
health education were advocated for improvement of their health.
Keywords: Trichomonas vaginalis
© 2013. Journal of Faculty of Biosciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
P. M. B. 5025 Awka, Nigeria.