Table 3

Relationship between health workers’ age/cadre and their practice of M&E of malaria control interventions
Practice variables and questions asked Overall totals n (%) Age categories Cadres of health workers
20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 x2 (p-value) EHO (N=9) CHEW (N=81) Nurse/ midwife (N=94) Others (N=29) x2 (p-value)
Data collection What do you use to keep records?
• Exercise book 21 (9.9) 1(11.1) 4(7.4) 10(9.5) 3(8.6) 0.27(0.97) 3 (33.3) 11(13.6) 6(6.4) 29 (100) 9.42 (0.02)
• Any available paper 5 (2.3) 0 0 2(1.9) 2(5.7) 3.94(0.27) 1(11.1) 1(1.2) 2(2.1) 1(3.4) 3.57 (0.31)
• Health facility M&E forms 200 (93.9) 7 (77.8) 53 (98.1) 95 (90.5) 33 (94.2) 3.89(0.27) 9 (100) 72 (88.8) 91 (96.8) 28 (96.6) 5.93 (0.12)
• Any available form 6 (2.8) 0 1(1.9) 1(1.0) 3(8.6) 7.06(0.07) 0 1(1.2) 3(3.2) 2(6.9) 2.77 (0.43)
What do you do with all the records you collect in a month?
• Put the records in my drawer 19 (8.9) 0 6(11.1) 7(6.7) 3(8.6) 1.82(0.61) 1(11.1) 9(11.2) 8(8.5) 1(3.4) 1.67 (0.64)
• Summarize the cases to get a total 199 (93.4) 9 (100) 50 (92.6) 98 (93.3) 33 (94.2) 0.70(0.87) 9 (100) 75 (92.5) 87 (92.6) 28 (96.6) 1.32 (0.73)
• Discard them, since the month has ended 2 (0.9) 0 0 1(1.0) 0 0.91(0.82) 0 0 2 0 2.54(0.47)
• Take them to my house for safe keeping 0 (0.0) 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 -
Data transmission - At the end of the month when you have put together all the malaria cases, what do you do with the forms? • Wait for the LGA malaria focal person to come for them 1 (0.5) 0 0 1(1.0) 0 0.91 (0.82) 0 0 0 1(3.4) 6.34(0.1)
• Keep them with me till they are requested for 3 (1.4) 0 0 0 3(8.6) 14.69 (0.002) 0 1(1.2) 2(2.1) 0 0.90 (0.83)
• Send it to the LGA malaria focal person 204 (95.8) 9 (100) 53 (98.1) 101 (96.2) 31 (88.5) 5.41 (0.14) 8 (88.9) 78 (96.2) 92 (97.9) 26 (89.7) 4.78 (0.19)
• Don’t know 1 (0.5) 0 0 1(1.0) 0 0.91 (0.82) 0 0 0 1(3.4) 6.34(0.1)
How often do you send data on malaria and other cases to the LGA? • Weekly 2 (0.9) 0 0 2(1.9) 0 1.84 (0.61) 0 1(1.2) 1(1.1) 0 1.46 (0.93)
• Monthly 208 (97.7) 9 (100) 53 (98.1) 103 (98.1) 33 (85.7) 1.97 (0.58) 8 (88.9) 80 (98.8) 93 (98.9) 27 (93.1) 6.65 (0.08)
• Once in three months 1 (0.5) 0 0 1(1.0) 0 0.91 (0.82) 0 0 0 1(3.7) 6.31(0.1)
• Never 1 (0.5) 0 1(1.9) 00 2.80 (0.42) 0 1(1.2) 0 0 1.65 (0.65)
How do you send information on malaria data to the LGA • Take the forms by hand to the LGA 151 (70.9) 6 (66.7) 41 (75.9) 71 (67.6) 23 (65.7) 1.73 (0.63) 8 (88.9) 59 (72.8) 60 (63.8) 24 (82.8) 5.75 (0.13)
• Send anyone going to the LGA with the forms 16 (7.5) 1(11.1) 6(11.1) 5(47.6) 3(8.6) 2.66 (0.45) 0 6(7.5) 8(8.5) 2(6.9) 0.88 (0.83)
• Put the forms in an envelope and send 47 (22.1) 2 (22.2) 7 (13.0) 26 (24.8) 10 (28.6) 3.74 (0.29) 0 15 (18.5) 28 (29.8) 4(4.3) 7.45 (0.06)

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Mbachu et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:81   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-81

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