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Table 1 Actions taken against perceived illnesses in two weeks recall period among members of Berta ethnic group Assosa Zone, June-July 2006

From: Ethnomedical survey of Berta ethnic group Assosa Zone, Benishangul-Gumuz regional state, mid-west Ethiopia

Demographic characteristics N (%) No Action taken Went to healers Used home made remedy Went to health institutions Total
Sex      
Female 39(11.9) 13(4.0) 4(1.2) 272(82.9) 328(57.5)
Male 16(6.6) 7(2.9) 2(0.8) 217(89.7) 242(42.5)
Age      
≤ 5 11(5.9) 5(2.7) 0(0.0) 169(91.4) 185(32.5)
5–15 21(12.4) 3(1.8) 1(0.6) 144(85.2) 169(29.7)
15–65 22(10.8) 9(4.4) 5(2.5) 167(82.3) 203(35.6)
>65 1(7.7) 3(23.1) 0(0.0) 9(69.2) 13(0.2)
Total 55(9.6) 20(3.5) 6(1.1) 489(85.8) 570(100.0)