Courses Catalogue

Medical Parasitology

COURSE CODE: MCB 2209
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Pharmacy, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Pharmacy
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction to parasitology (4 hrs)

  1. General taxonomy of parasites of medical importance.
  2. Types of parasites and types of hosts.
  3. Categories of association between two different species of living animals.
  4. Sources of infection and portals of entry.

Helminthology (10 hrs)

  1. Liver flukes: Fasciola gigantica & Fasciola hepatica
  2. Intestinal flukes: Fasciola psisbuski, Heterophyes heterophyes & Metagonimus yokogawi 
  3. Lung flukes: Paragonimus westermani
  4. Bloodflukes: Schistosoma haematobium, Schistosoma mansoni & Schistosoma japonicum
  5. Intestinal cestodes: Diphylobothrium latum, Hymenolepis nana, Hymenolepis diminuta, Taenia saginata, Taenia solium & Dipylidum caninum.
  6. Tissue or somatic cestodes causing Cysticercosis, Hydatidosis & Sparganosis 
  7. Intestinal nematodes: Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichocephalus trichiura, Entrobius vermicularis, Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus, Strongyloides stercoralis & Trichinella spiralis.
  8. Tissue nematodes: Wuchereri bancrofti, Brugi amalayi, Loa loa, Onchcerca volvulus & Dracunculus medinensis.

i) Nematodes causing Larva Migrans.

Protozology (10 hrs)

  1. The Amoebae: (Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba coli & free living Amoebae).
  2. The Ciliates: (Balantidium coli).
  3. Haemoflagellates: (Leishmania spp & Trypanosoma spp.).
  4. The Flagellates: (Giardia lamblia, Trichomonas vaginalis & Trichomonas intestinalis).
  5. The Sporozoa: (Toxoplasma gondii, malarial parasites, Cryptosporidium & Babesia).

Entomology (6 hrs)

  1. Methods by which arthropods can affect humans.
  2. Types of disease transmission by arthropods
  3. Arthropods that are biological vectors of important human pathogens (concerning their morphology, species, disease transmitted, etiological agent and relation of the arthropod to the pathogen and the human infection).

Practicals (20 hrs)

  1. Identification of parasites
  2. Collection of stool samples
  3. Analysis of stool samples for intestinal parasites
  4. Analysis of blood parasites: Preparation of thick and thin blood films; Staining and examination of both thin and thick blood films for malaria and other heamoparasites.

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Overview lectures.
  • Seminars and Tutorials.
  • Community based education and service
  • Grand Rounds
  • Practical

INSTRUCTION MATERIALS

The students will be exposed to the following resources:

  • Recommended textbooks
  • Library facilities i.e. computers, books, journals
  • Laboratory (teaching and side labs)
  • Wards/Consultant clinics
  • E- Learning
  • Telemedicine