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Table 3 Knowledge and practices followed in the community related to malaria diagnosis and treatment

From: Assessing community knowledge, attitude and practices to strengthen communication strategy for Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project in Mandla

  Frequency Percentage
1st Line of consultation for diagnosis and treatment for fever (N = 773)   
 Priest 30 3.9
 Gunia 16 2.1
 Traditional Medicine Practitioners 45 5.8
 Faith Healers 23 3.0
 ASHA/ANM 141 18.2
 MEDP 309 40.0
 SC/PHC/CHC/District Hospital 616 79.7
 Pharmacist/Private Practitioners 106 13.7
Knowledge on diagnostic tests for malaria 550 (Out of 773) 71.2
Those who knows diagnostic tests (N = 550)   
 RDT 266 48.4
 Blood slide examination 284 51.6
Nature of bio sample used for diagnostic test   
 Blood 546 99.3
 Do not know 4 0.7
 Total 550  
Fever cases reported   
 Any fever case in family in the past six months? 326 (Out of 773) 42.2
 Blood test done for these fever cases? 232 (Out of 326) 71.2
Source where diagnosis conducted (N = 232)   
 Traditional medicine practitioners 1 0.3
 ASHA/ANM/MTS/MI 16 6.9
 VMW (MEDP) 161 69.4
 SC/PHC/CHC/DH 53 22.8
 Pharmacist/Private Practitioner 19 8.2
Expenditure on the blood test (N = 232)   
 FREE 208 89.7
 10–50 INR 7 3.0
 100–200 INR 5 2.2
 200–500 INR 3 1.3
 50–100 INR 8 3.4
 500–1000 INR 1 0.4
Result of the blood test   
 Result informed after the test 188 (Out of 232) 81.0
 Negative 167 (Out of 188) 88.8
 Positive 10 (Out of 188) 5.3
 Do not remember 11 (Out of 188) 5.9
Expenditure on treatment (13 respondents could remember)   
 FREE 8 61.5
 50–100 INR 1 7.7
 200–500 INR 2 15.4
 500–1000 INR 2 15.4