Worm infestations or Soil-transmitted Helminths (STH) infects nearly 2 billion people of world’s population with children being the most affected. India alone contributes nearly 25% to the total global cases with 220.6 million children in need of preventive chemotherapy.
Aim: A study to assess knowledge on deworming practices among school teachers in corporate schools, Tirupati.
Materials and methods: A descriptive study, sample size of 100 corporate school teachers selected by convenient sampling technique and data was collected by administering self-structured questionnaire. It included data regarding socio-demographic characteristics and questions pertaining to knowledge on deworming practices adopted by school teachers. Analysis was done SPSS package 21 version.
Results: The study results shows that out of 100 study participants, 87(87%) school teachers were females, 52(52%) were had post graduation education, 24(24%) were general science teachers and the most common source of information was family members 57(57%). It was seen that 47(47.0%) were had inadequate knowledge, 31(31.0%) were had moderate knowledge and 22(22.0%) were had adequate level of knowledge. The higher educational level, science subject teaching and years of teaching experience was associated with better knowledge on deworming practices in school children among school teachers.
Conclusion and recommendation: The study concluded that knowledge on deworming practices was inadequate. So, there is need to educate school teachers on deworming practices as well as to train them and reduce the morbidity and maintain health status in school children.