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Table 4 Communities’ attitude about TB in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia from January to May, 2013

From: Community knowledge, attitude, and practices towards tuberculosis in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Number (%) of male Number (%) of female Total number (%)
How serious a disease is TB?
Very serious 117 (56.8) 110 (53.9) 227 (55.4)
Somewhat serious 27 (13.1) 23 (11.3) 50 (12.2)
Not very serious 16 (7.8) 10 (4.9) 26 (6.3)
Don’t know 46 (22.3) 61 (29.9) 107 (26.1)
How serious a problem do you think TB is in your area?
Very serious 88 (42.7) 77 (37.7) 165 (40.2)
Somewhat serious 37 (18.0) 32 (15.7) 69 (16.8)
Not very serious 27 (13.1) 27 (13.2) 54 (13.2)
Don’t know 54 (26.2) 68 (33.3) 122 (29.8)
Do you think you can get TB?
Yes 110 (53.4) 107 (52.5) 217 (52.9)
No 33 (16.0) 23 (11.3) 56 (13.7)
Don’t know 63 (30.6) 74 (36.3) 137 (33.4)
What would be your reaction if you were found out that you have TB?
Fear 139 (67.5) 145 (71.1) 284 (69.3)
Surprised 14 (6.8) 13 (6.4) 27 (6.6)
Shame 26 (12.6) 10 (4.9) 36 (8.8)
Sadness or hopelessness 41 (19.9) 35 (17.2) 76 (18.5)
Other (scares, don’t know,don’t fear, etc.) 30 (14.7) 30 (14.6) 60 (14.6)
Some people more likely to become infected with TB than others?
Yes 137 (66.5) 133 (65.20) 270 (65.9)
No 26 (12.6) 30 (14.70) 56 (13.7)
Don’t know 43 (20.9) 41 (20.10) 84 (20.5)
If yes, who is more likely to be infected?
Men 45 (32.9) 37 (27.8) 82 (30.4)
Women 48 (35.0) 44 (33.1) 92 (34.1)
Both men and women 18 (13.1) 20 (15.0) 38 (14.1)
Children <5 years 45 (32.9) 49 (36.8) 94 (34.8)
Very old people 112 (81.8) 102 (76.7) 214 (79.3)