Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Infections in Hostel Residents of Lahore, Pakistan

  • Sonia Aslam Lecturer, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Anam Javed Assistant Professor, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Tauheed Fatima BS Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Hafiz Imran Hashmi BS Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Saba Khurshid BS Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Aiman Shahid BS Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Sadia Khalid BS Researcher, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords: gastrointestinal, infections, hostel residents, impure water, unhygienic food, enteric pathogens

Abstract

To maintain our good health, properly functioning gastrointestinal (GIT) track is always considered essential. Though in current era, living standards are much improved now but still gut infections are frequently reported around the globe. Because in third world countries, like Pakistan even in big cities people don’t have dietary sources of good quality. That’s why; a survey of randomly selected 10 hostels was conducted to estimate the prevalence of gastrointestinal infections among them. The results showed that mostly sufferers fall in age group of 18-28years and among them, females are more than males. Important causative factors for transmission of enteric pathogens are intake of impure water (in 42% cases), unhygienic food (in 18% cases) and blend of these two (in 33% cases) with major symptoms of abdominal discomfort, acid reflux, nausea and vomiting. But still only 19% gastric patients of hostel take proper medication for cure and rest of other are left untreated either due to lack of awareness or financial constraints. So these issues should be seriously addressed by the authorities to control the frequency of GIT infections among hostilities of Lahore, Pakistan.

Author Biography

Anam Javed, Assistant Professor, School of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, RCS Sub Campus, Naorwal, 51750, Pakistan.

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Published
2021-09-13
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