Table 2

Illness patterns, where treatment was sought, travel time and treatment cost
Variables A1 N = 191 A2 N = 213 A3 N = 162 E1 N = 214 E2 N = 203 E3 N = 159
Illness patterns
Had Malaria 97(51) 106(50) 97(60) 125(58) 131(65) 101(64)
Had Typhoid 40(21) 25(12) 30(19) 30(14) 12(6) 18(11)
Had Diarrhoea 4(2) 3(1) 7(4) 4(2) 0 1(1)
Other 50(26) 79(37) 42(26) 55(26) 64(32) 38(24)
Where respondents first sought treatment (%)
Traditional Healer/Herbalist 15(8) 10(5) 4(3) 12(6) 9(4) 2(1)
Patent Medicine Dealer/Chemist 120(63) 88(41) 82(51) 116(54) 57(28) 81(51)
Home Treatment 3(2) 4(2) 14(9) 9(4) 3(2) 5(3)
Community Health Worker 1(1) 2(1) 0 2(1) 0 0
Health Centre 1(1) 5(3) 0 4(2) 1(1) 0
Public/General Hospital 24(13) 38(18) 36(22) 29(14) 29(14) 30(19)
Private Hospital 26(14) 58(27) 24(15) 52(24) 47(23) 37(23)
Others 1(1) 8(4) 3(2) 2(1) 57(28) 3(2)
Travel And Treatment Cost (SD)
Mean no of minutes to treatment 25(40) 27(33) 27(22) 39(34) 21(24) 27(27)
Mean cost of Transport to treatment 63(271) 100(295) 107(375) 127(125) 44(101) 82(185)
Mean drug expenditure 936(1526) 2840(4935) 2377(10124) 1466(1946) 3237(19451) 2260(4956)
Mean total Treatment expenditure 1140(1896) 3527(7711) 2642(10239) 2069(4922) 3758(19600) 3847(9869)

A1 = Amansea (rural), A2 = Amawbia (peri-urban), A3 = Awka (urban), E1 = Amokwe (rural), E2 = Iji-Nike (peri- urban), E3 = Uwani (urban). Note: US$1 = 150 Naira.

Ewelukwa et al.

Ewelukwa et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:87   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-87

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