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Table 4 Respondents’ beliefs about children with paralytic poliomyelitis

From: Children with paralytic poliomyelitis: a cross-sectional study of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of parents in Zamfara state, Nigeria

Item-statements True False
  n (%) n (%)
Children with paralytic polio have spiritual problem with witches and or evil people. 77 (35.5) 140 (64.6)
Children from poor homes usually have para-lytic polio 32 (14.7) 185 (85.3)
Children with paralytic polio should be allowed to die to prevent further transmission. 22 (10.1) 195 (89.8)
Children from religious households do not have paralytic polio. 20 (9.2) 197 (90.8)
Most children infected with polio have no symptoms. 39 (18.0) 178 (82.1)
Children may pass polio infection through their feaces. 132 (60.8) 75 (39.1)
Polio immunization for children can cause other problems for example sterility. 48 (22.1) 169 (77.9)
Only one out of every 150 children infected with polio will become paralyzed. 57 (26.3) 160 (73.8)
Children with paralytic polio lose the strength in their limbs and become weak 71 (32.7) 146 (67.2)
Best treatment option for children with paralytic polio is spiritual healing. 34 (15.7) 183 (84.4)
Best treatment option for children with paralytic polio is trado- medical or alternative therapy. 58 (26.7) 159 (73.3)
Best treatment option for children with paralytic polio is to seek medical help from orthodox medical practitioners in a government hospital. 167 (77.0) 50 (23.1)