Received: 4 August 2020
Accepted: 22 November 2020
First Online: 1 December 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval for the study was obtained from the Ethical Committee of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital – Reference number: ESUTHP/C-MAC/RA/034/Vol1/236. Permission was also obtained from the Health Department of Enugu East Local Government Council Headquarters, Nkwo Nike, Enugu, and the Office of the Traditional Ruler of Abakpa Nike.Informed verbal consent was obtained from each mother before participating in the study. Verbal consent was deemed appropriate and approved by the ethics committee. Informed verbal consent consisted of a description of the objectives of the study, assurance of confidentiality of personal information, and a specific request for permission to conduct the interview. Consent was obtained in Igbo (the local language) except for a few non-Igbo speaker whose consent was obtained in English. Where the mother was less than 18 years, permission to participate in the study was obtained from the husband (if mother is married) or from the mother’s mother/father (if the mother is single).Mothers in both survey and FGD sessions were given brief health education on the importance of regular periodic deworming, environmental sanitation, and personal hygiene to prevent STH infection in their children and family members. There was no gift reward for participating in the community-based survey but mothers who participated in the FGDs received bars of toilet soap – overall cost was N35,200 (approximately 100.00 USD).Initials used in the quotes included in the manuscript (result section) are pseudonyms. Pseudonyms were preferred to conceal the identity of mothers that participated in the FGD sessions.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.