DOI: 10.1101/486183Dec 3, 2018Paper

Health seeking behaviour and cost of fever treatment to households in a malaria endemic setting of northern Ghana: A cross sectional study

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Maxwell Ayindenaba DalabaAbraham Oduro

Abstract

Background This study examined the health seeking behaviours and cost of treatment of malaria to households in the Kassena-Nankana district of Ghana. Methods A cross-sectional household survey was conducted between July and September 2015. Individuals who had an episode of fever or malaria in the past two weeks identified during routine Health and Demographic Surveillance System data collection were selected for the study. Socio-demographic characteristics, treatment seeking behaviours and cost of treatment of malaria were obtained from the patient perspective. Results Out of the 1,845 households visited, 21.3% (393/1,845) reported to have had an episode of fever or malaria in the past two weeks. Of the 393 people with malaria, 66.9% (263/393) reported taking an antimalarial. About 53.6% (141/263) of the antimalarials were obtained from formal healthy facilities. About 36.1% (95/263) reported to have taken Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine, 35.4% (93/263) took Artesunate–Amodiaquine and 21.7% (57/263) took Artemether-Lumefantrine. Only 49.6%% (195/393) of the study participants had their blood sample taken for illness (microscopic or Rapid Diagnostic Test). Only 23.6% (62/263) took antimalarial within 24 hours of the onset of illn...Continue Reading

Related Concepts

Antimalarials
Cross-Sectional Studies
Malaria
Microscopy
Persons
Piperaquine
Blood Specimen
Participant
Household Survey
Growth Hormone Treatment

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