|dc.description.abstract||Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out in April 2014 in Doho and
Kibimba rice schemes, eastern Uganda.
Methodology: Unequal number of respondents was interviewed and these were selected
purposively. Ninety samples (90) were used, 50 from Doho and 40 from Kibimba. A chisquared
test was used to test schistosomiasis knowledge differences among respondents
Results: A chi squared test indicated that there were significant differences in the number
of people who had suffered from schistosomiasis at Doho and Kibimba rice schemes
(P<0.001). For example Four percent (4%) of respondents in Doho indicated to have
suffered from schistosomiasis at one time while 35% interviewed at Kibimba scheme had
suffered from this disease. Although there were variations in the proportions of
respondents on the rest of the knowledge items between the two sites, these variations
were not statistically significant (P>0.05). About 63% of respondents in Kibimba scheme
declared to have received schistosomiasis education from the Ministry of health officers.
On the contrary, 80% of respondents in Doho scheme indicated that they have not
received any schistosomiasis training/education of any kind.
Conclusion: Schistosomiasis is prevalent amongst paddy rice farmers in Doho and
Kibimba schemes. Although the farmers at Kibimba were more sensitized about this
disease, this did not have a significant effect on the level of knowledge about the farmers
in the two schemes. We recommend that a much more intensive study supported by
laboratory test be done to comprehensively bring out the magnitude of the disease and its
impacts in order to inform policy and management decisions by government and
respective public and private stakeholders.||en_US