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Table 4 Perceptions and attitudes of study participants on schistosomiasis and intervention programs

From: Low awareness and common misconceptions about schistosomiasis in endemic lowland areas in Western Ethiopia: a mixed-methods study

Perception/ attitudes areas Responses Number Percent
At risk of infection by Schistosoma (n = 48) Agree 11 22.9
Disagree 1 2.1
I don’t know 36 75.0
At risk of infection during swimming/bathing/washing/fetching (n = 48) Agree 11 22.9
I don’t know 37 77.1
Schistosomiasis is a serious disease (n = 48) Agree 1 2.1
Disagree 2 4.2
I don’t know 45 93.7
Schistosomiasis is preventable (n = 48) Agree 5 10.4
Disagree 1 2.1
I don’t know 42 87.5
Faces/ urine is the primary source of infection (n = 48) Disagree 4 8.3
I don’t know 44 91.7
Knows MDA for schistosomiasis (n = 376) Yes 109 29.0
No 267 71.0
Everybody should dewormed (n = 109) Agree 73 67.0
Disagree 6 5.5
I don’t know 30 27.5
MDA is effective in treatment/controlling schistosomiasis (n = 109) Agree 3 2.8
Disagree 1 0.9
I don’t know 105 96.3
A drug given as MDA tests bad (n = 109) Agree 99 90.8
Disagree 1 0.9
I don’t know 9 8.3
A drug given as MDA may cause serious side effects (n = 109) Agree 101 92.7
I don’t know 8 7.3
Dewormed during the last schistosomiasis deworming campaign (n = 376) Yes 84 22.3
No 292 77.7
Reasons for none deworming (n = 292) Fearing of side effects 13 4.4
Providers not come to our home 260 95.6
I think it is not important 4 1.4
Absent during the campaign 4 1.4
It tastes bad 6 2.1
I am not eligible 3 1.0