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Table 1 Mothers' reported symptoms prompting care seeking and referral reasons recorded by Drug Distributors

From: Community referral in home management of malaria in western Uganda: A case series study

Symptom Mothers' reporting (n = 101) DD's reporting (n = 101)
  n (%)* n (%)*
Fever 94 (93%) -
No recovery/persisting fever - 32 (32%)
General illness symptoms 86 (85%) 2 (2%)
Cough 67 (66%) 9 (9%)
Not able to eat/breast feed 55 (54%) 4 (4%)
Vomiting 36 (36%) 11 (11%)
Fast breathing 24 (32%)† -
'Ekyikenyera' 30 (30%) 4 (4%)
Diarrhoea 25 (25%) 6 (6%)
Convulsion 14 (14%) 15 (15%)
Over/under age - 5 (5%)
Unable to sit or stand - 2 (2%)
Loss of consciousness - 1 (1%)
Other conditions# 16 (16%) 24 (24%)
  1. *Many children had more than one symptom and received more than one diagnosis by the DD, therefore percentages add up to more than 100%
  2. †The local terms for fast breathing and difficult breathing were added to the questionnaire at a later stage; hence the percentages are based on a smaller denominator (n = 76)
  3. The local illness 'Ekyikenyera' includes symptoms of grunting, stridor and chest indrawing3
  4. #Chickenpox (7), conjunctivitis (4), wounds/burns (3), undefined illness (4)