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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: December | Volume: 7 | Issue: 12 | Pages: 1-5

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF): Treatment Receiving Types in Bangladesh

Farzana Sultana Bari1, Farha Matin Juliana2, Mohammod Johirul Islam3, Babry Fatema4,
Mohammad Abdul Mannan1 and Mohammad Asaduzzaman4

1Department of Public Health and Nutrition, 4Department of Biochemistry, Primeasia University, Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
3Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mawlana Bhasani Science and Technology University, Santosh, Tangail, Bangladesh

Corresponding Author: Mohammad Asaduzzaman


Background: Lymphatic filariasis impairs the lymphatic system and can lead to the abnormal enlargement of body parts, causing pain, severe disability and social stigma. 856 million people in 52 countries worldwide remain threatened by lymphatic filariasis and require preventive chemotherapy to stop the spread of this parasitic infection. Lymphatic filariasis can be eliminated by stopping the spread of infection through preventive chemotherapy with safe medicine combinations.
Objectives: This survey based experiment was designed to assess the type of treatment received by filariasis patients in Bangladesh.
Materials and Methods: The study was a cross sectional descriptive type of case-control study. 102 patients and 82 controls were participated in this survey. The collected data was entered in MS Excel 2007 and further analysed for the descriptive statistics as well as students t-test was performed by using SPSS 16.0.
Results: It was found that 85 patients among 102 case respondents took allopathic, homeopathic, kabiraj, peer-fakir (spiritual), quack and others types of treatments 88.2%, 3.5%, 2.4%, 0.0%, 3.5% and 2.4% respectively. 17 patient among 102 case respondents and 14 controls among 82 control respondents did not took different types of medications due to financial problem, negligence, lack of knowledge and others.
Conclusion: The present study showed that 11.2% patients took alternative medicine by avoiding allopathic medications. The finding of the present study is helpful to make a national plan or guideline for medication to eradicate Lymphatic filariasis.

Key words:Treatment Types and Lymphatic Filariasis.

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