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IMPACT OF ASYMPTOMATIC MALARIA : ITS IMPLICATION IN SPORTS AMONG STUDENTS OF INTERNATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL,MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE,UMUDIKE,ABIA STATE,NIGERIA

Obeagu Emmanuel Ifeanyi1, Obarezi Thompson Ndubuisi2, Anaebo Braxton Queen N3,, Odo Edward Odogbu4, Ogbu Robert Okechukwu5, Achigbo Loveth Uche6

1Diagnostic Laboratory Unit,University Health Services Department,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
2Medical Doctor, Universty Health Services,Michael Okpara Universty of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
3Medical Doctor,Departmentof Accident And Emergency, Lagos State Universty Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
4International Secondary School,Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,Umudike,AbiaState, Nigeria
5Department Of Physical And Health Education,Federal College of Education,Eha-Amufu, Enugu State, Nigeria
6International Secondary School,Micael Okpara University of Agriculture,Umudike,Abia State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT

The impact of asymptomatic malaria and its implication to sports was done in school children entering Junior Secondary School 1(JSS1) in International Secondary School, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria in the course of thier medical examinations.The children and their parents did not know that the children were infected with malaria because there was no clinical manifestation in them. One hundred and sixty three (163) students were chosen for the study.72 (44.4%) students were infected with asymptomatic malaria, 67% of females were infected and 33% of males were infected. There was significant difference in the mean haematocrit value between the infected children and the non-infected children(P<0.05).

Keywords: Asymptomatic Malaria,School Children,Haematocrit And Sports.


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