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Table 3 Malaria management practices of caregivers, N = 285

From: Insights into the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria in Ghana: the role of caregivers and licensed chemical sellers in four regions

Description N (%)
Specific symptom that informed purchase of a drug
 Hot body 102 (37.8)
 Yellow urine 18 (6.7)
 Vomiting 39 (14.4)
 Body pains 10 (3.7)
 Diarrhoea 9 (3.3)
 Headache 32 (11.9)
 Convulsion 4 (1.5)
 Loss of appetite 45 (16.7)
 Other 11 (4.1)
Main reason you bought this particular drug
 Shopkeeper recommended 73 (67.6)
 Friend/neighbour/family 5 (4.6)
 It works better than other drugs 20 (18.5)
 Cost 3 (2.8)
 Was recommended by a health worker 2 (1.9)
 Other 5 (4.6)
Formulation of drug purchased
 Tablet 47 (43.5)
 Syrup 28 (25.9)
 Dispersible 27 (25.0)
 Other 6 (5.6)
How will you give (or take) the medicine
 Oral (tablet) 34 (37.8)
 Oral (dispersible) 43 (47.8)
 Injection 1 (1.1)
 Others 12 (13.3)