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Table 2 Medication practices of household in the preceding two weeks, Ga South Municipal Assembly, 2014

From: Solid medical waste: a cross sectional study of household disposal practices and reported harm in Southern Ghana

  Number (%)
Member visited chemical shop vendor
 Yes 250 (41.7)
 No/Not sure 350 (58.3)
Reason for visit to chemical shop vendor
 Stress/headaches 131 (21.8)
 Abdominal discomfort/upset 40 (6.7)
 Febrile illness 28 (4.7)
 Pain 18 (3.0)
 Injury/burn 8 (1.3)
 Cough/cold 8 (1.3)
 Drug refill 7 (1.2)
 Othersa 11 (1.8)
 Not applicable 349 (58.2)
Person who prescribed medication
 Self 133 (22.2)
 Recently prescribed by doctor 66 (11.0)
 Prescribed earlier by doctor 12 (2.0)
 Chemical vendor/Otherb 39 (6.5)
 Not applicable 350 (58.3)
Member visited health facility
 Yes 99 (16.5)
 No/Not sure 501 (83.5)
Reason for visit to health facility
 Not aware 29 (4.8)
 Pregnancy 19 (3.2)
 Scheduled immunization 10 (1.7)
 Acute illness 22 (3.7)
 Chronic illness 8 (1.3)
 Accidents 6 (1.0)
 Othersc 4 (0.7)
 Not applicable 501(83.5)
  1. a Rashes/boil 3(0.5), anti-helminthic 2(0.3), genital itch/discharge 2(0.3), loss of appetite 1(0.2); b Friend/Neighbour 1(0.2); c Check up 2(0.3), eye infection 1(0.2), rashes 1(0.2)