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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 175-177

Health seeking behaviours of female manual labourers towards febrile illness in Jos, Nigeria


1 Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Health, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos, Nigeria

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Background: Occupation may affect health seeking behaviour. Very little is known about this behaviour in labourers. This study assessed the health-seeking behaviour of the female manual labourers to fever in Jos, Nigeria. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional survey was conducted among 300 female manual labourers from a randomly selected cluster in Jos, using a pre-tested interviewer-administered semi-structured questionnaire. Data was analyzed using Epi info. Results: Fever episode was reported by 85 percent of respondents during the last one month before the survey. Forty-seven percent 'observed' the fever and hoped for self resolution. Home treatment was reported as the first response to fever by 23% and 49% of the labourers sought treatment for fever within the first 24 hours of onset. Early treatment-seeking pattern was reported among those who self-medicate, followed by those that visited pharmacy stores. Cost was the major reason for delay in seeking timely and appropriate care. Conclusion: Female manual labourers had poor health seeking behaviour.


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