The Relationship between Intestinal Worm Infection and Stunting in Elementary School Childien in South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara


Rafael Paun1), Michael Badi Bia1), Indhira Shagti1), Yosephina E.S.Gunawan1), Emma Krisyudhanti1), Yuliana Dafroyati1), Fridolina Mau2)

 

1)School of Health Polytechnics, Ministry, Kupang

2)Waikebubak Health Research and Development Center

 

ABSTRACT

 

Background: Intestinal worm infection is one of the causes of stunting in school-age children. Helminthiasis or worm infection caused by worm parasites endanger the child’s age health. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between intestinal worm infection and the incidence of stunting in elementary school children in South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in West Amanuban District, South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, from May to October 2021. A total of 160 elementary school children was selected at random. The dependent variable was stunting.  The independent variable was intestinal worm infection. The data were collected using anthropometric measurement for height and fecal examination in the laboratory. The data were analyzed using simple logistic regression.

Results: Intestinal worm infection increased the risk of stunting in elementary school children (OR= 7.14; 95% CI= 3.33 to 16.67; p< 0.001).

Conclusion: Intestinal worm infection increases the risk of stunting in elementary school children.

Keywords: infection, worm, stunting

CorrespondenceRafael Paun. School of Health Polytechnics, Ministry, Kupang. Jl. Piet A. Tallo-Liliba, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Email: rafpun012@gmail.com. Mobile:0813­39334949.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/ICPHepidemiology.FP.08.2021.11

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