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Table 1 Respondents’ knowledge of indoor residual spraying

From: Community knowledge and perceptions about indoor residual spraying for malaria prevention in Soroti district, Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Variable Frequency Percentage (%)
Ever heard of IRS n = 770  
Yes 473 61.4
No 297 38.6
Insecticides employed for IRS n = 426  
DDT 274 64.3
ICON 55 12.9
Don’t know 138 32.4
The exact parts of the house to be sprayed during IRS n = 473  
On the surfaces of inner walls 350 74.0
On the surfaces of outer walls 52 11.0
On the inner surfaces of the roof 95 20.1
Don’t know 115 24.3
Importance of IRS (multiple responses accepted) n = 473  
To kill mosquitoes 437 92.4
To kill other domestic insects 295 62.2
To kill rodents 54 11.4
Don’t know the importance of IRS 24 5.1
Roles of household heads in IRS (multiple responses accepted) n = 473  
Removing some of the household items from the house prior to spraying 156 33.0
Removing people from the house prior to spraying 30 6.3
To ensure that people stay out of the house during and after spraying (for at least 2 hours) 13 2.7
Provide spray team with clean water for mixing chemicals 114 24.1
Don’t know 305 64.5
Frequency of spraying (multiple responses accepted) n = 473  
Once 29 6.1
After every three months 74 15.6
After every six months 30 6.3
Annually 8 1.8
Don’t know 347 73.4
Time of spraying n = 473  
In the morning hours 56 11.8
During day 120 25.4
At night 9 1.9
Don’t know the time of spraying 293 61.9
Composite level of knowledge about IRS   
Knowledgeable 374 48.6
Not knowledgeable 396 51.4