oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Disease prevalence in a rural Rhodesian African secondary school

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A disease survey of the students in a rural Rhodesian African secondary school reveals that parasitic agencies and their sequellae comprise the main category of disability. Of the group investigated, approximately one in four suffered from bilharziasis, one in four from hookworm infection, one in five from either ascariasis or enterobiasis, and one in two from some measure of anaemia. Seven out of ten had some form of correctable chronic disease. The outstanding non-parasitic disease was hypertension. This was discovered in over 12 per cent. of these students as compared with 2.8 per cent. in a general hospital sample, and was thought to be possibly related to Western acculturation. This study suggests that routine examinations of secondary level students could assist in eliminating a significant amount of chronically debilitative disease. The majority of this can be detected by urine, stool, haemoglobin and blood pressure examinations alone.

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