|Title||Periodic deworming practice in Sri Lanka: Is it based on evidence, misconceptions or commercialism?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Mettananda S, De Silva H|
|Abbrev. Journal||Sri Lanka J Child Health|
|Journal||Sri Lanka journal of child health.|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Keywords||Deworming, Geo-helminth, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), Pinworm, Worm infections, [Public health interventions|
Geo-helminth (“worm”) infections are a universal health problem which predominantly affects the impoverished and underdeveloped communities in the developing world. Geo-helminths commonly infect the gastrointestinal tract of humans and result in significant morbidity particularly among preschool and school children1. Here we review the changing epidemiology of intestinal geo-helminth infections and critically evaluate the perception and practice of periodic deworming, the economic impact and the present public health interventions in controlling the disease burden in Sri Lanka.