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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant women at enrolment

From: Epidemiology of malaria among pregnant women during their first antenatal clinic visit in the middle belt of Ghana: a cross sectional study

Characteristics Number of participants (N = 1655) Percentage of participants (%)
Maternal age (years)
  ≤ 24 587 35.5
 25–34 821 49.6
  ≥ 35 247 14.9
Highest educational level
 None 482 29.1
 Primary school 285 17.2
 Junior high school 542 32.8
 Senior high school 247 14.9
 Tertiary 99 6.0
Household SES
 Most poor 331 20.0
 More poor 330 19.9
 Poor 332 20.1
 Less poor 331 20.0
 Least poor 331 20.0
Marital status
 Married 1223 73.9
 Single, unmarried 432 26.1
Religion
 Christian 1216 73.5
 Muslim 365 22.0
 Others 74 4.5
Profession
 Professional teacher, nurse, accountant, administrator 77 4.7
 Clerical/Secretarial 6 0.4
 Trader/food seller/business woman 513 31.0
 Seamstress, hairdresser, etc. 259 15.7
 Farmer/labourer/domestic worker 350 21.1
 Other 56 3.4
 No profession 394 23.7
Maternal BMI (kg/m2)
  < 18.5 51 3.1
 18.5–24.9 986 59.6
 25.0–29.9 408 24.7
  ≥ 30.0 133 8.0
 Missing data 77 4.6
Malaria vector prevention
 ITN possession 1488 89.9
 ITN use 1095 66.2
 ITN torn 180 10.9
 Mosquito coil use 361 21.8
 Insecticide spray use 194 11.7
 Commercial repellent use 36 2.2
 Traditional repellent use 4 0.2