Table 1

Mothers' reported symptoms prompting care seeking and referral reasons recorded by Drug Distributors

Symptom

Mothers' reporting (n = 101)

DD's reporting (n = 101)


n (%)*

n (%)*


Fever

94 (93%)

-

No recovery/persisting fever

-

32 (32%)

General illness symptoms

86 (85%)

2 (2%)

Cough

67 (66%)

9 (9%)

Not able to eat/breast feed

55 (54%)

4 (4%)

Vomiting

36 (36%)

11 (11%)

Fast breathing

24 (32%)†

-

'Ekyikenyera'

30 (30%)

4 (4%)

Diarrhoea

25 (25%)

6 (6%)

Convulsion

14 (14%)

15 (15%)

Over/under age

-

5 (5%)

Unable to sit or stand

-

2 (2%)

Loss of consciousness

-

1 (1%)

Other conditions#

16 (16%)

24 (24%)


*Many children had more than one symptom and received more than one diagnosis by the DD, therefore percentages add up to more than 100%

†The local terms for fast breathing and difficult breathing were added to the questionnaire at a later stage; hence the percentages are based on a smaller denominator (n = 76)

The local illness 'Ekyikenyera' includes symptoms of grunting, stridor and chest indrawing3

#Chickenpox (7), conjunctivitis (4), wounds/burns (3), undefined illness (4)

Källander et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2006 6:2   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-6-2

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