Febrile children of both sexes, aged between 0-15 years coming to the Civil Hospital over the last 12 years had their blood tested for malarial parasite. Five hundred and twenty-six slides positive for Plasmodium were analysed for species and stage identification. Of the total 59.3% children with malaria were between 5-15 years of age. Applying the test of proportion, Plasmodium vivax was the predominant species (P < 0.01) between 1981-1985 and plasmodium falciparum between 1986-1990. This trend persisted upto 1992. As malaria due to Plasmodium falciparum is more severe with multiple complications accurate and easier methods of its diagnosis are needed at primary health care level.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1994|