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Table 3 Health knowledge

From: Knowledge and reported practices of men and women on maternal and child health in rural Guinea Bissau: a cross sectional survey

Questionnaire items (number of possible correct answers) Women (N = 310) Men (N = 310)
  Number % Number %
Number of correct answers given to prevent diarrhoea (4)     
0 222 71.6 194 62.6
1 41 13.2 39 12.6
2 45 14.5 64 20.6
3 2 0.6 13 4.2
4 0 0.0 0 0.0
Number said to give more drink to child with diarrhoea 152 49.0 161 51.9
Number who know ORS 148 47.7 144 46.5
Number said to give breast milk followed by ORS if necessary to a baby under 6 months with diarrhoea 105 33.9 112 36.1
Number said to dress lightly and cool child with damp cloth if child is sick with fever 249 80.3 242 78.1
Number heard about malaria 277 89.4 301 97.1
Number said people become infected with malaria from mosquito bite 141 45.5 212 68.4
Number of correct answers given to avoid malaria (4)     
0 169 54.5 91 29.4
1 80 25.8 123 39.7
2 57 18.4 84 27.1
3 4 1.3 12 3.9
4 0 0.0 0 0.0
Number of correct medicines to treat malaria (4)     
0 174 56.1 137 44.2
1 127 41.0 156 50.3
2 9 2.9 17 5.5
3 0 0.0 0 0.0
4 0 0.0 0 0.0
Number said to give chloroquine to a child with malaria at least for 3 days even if the child gets better 66 21.3 103 33.2
Number heard about pneumonia 36 11.6 90 29.0
Number of correct answers given for signs of pneumonia (3)     
0 309 99.9 310 100.0
1 1 0.003 0 0.0
Number said that antibiotics are treatment for pneumonia 0 0.0 0 0.0
Number said vaccine is the correct way to avoid measles 61 19.7 65 21.0
Number who heard about HIV/AIDS 280 90.3 303 97.7