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Table 3 Healthcare seeking behavior of caregivers for childhood illness in Nifas silk lafto sub-city, Addis Ababa; January 2020

From: Child Caregiver’s healthcare seeking behavior and its determinants for common childhood illnesses in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a community-based study

Variables Number Percent
Care sought for the child illness (n = 834)
 Health facility 580 69.5
 Purchased medicine from the drug store 40 4.9
 Taken to religious /traditional healer/ 55 6.6
 Given home treatment 89 10.7
 Waited for illness to subside 70 8.4
Time of health facility visited (n = 580)
 Immediately 38 6.6
 On the first day 83 14.3
 On the second day 155 26.7
 After the second day 304 52.4
Types of health facility visited (n = 580)
 Hospital 16 2.7
 Health center 373 64.3
 Private clinic 198 34.1
Reason for the preferred health facility (n = 580)
 Since the illness was sever 54 9.3
 Fear of illness was worsening 41 7.0
 Seeking better treatment 306 52.8
 Facility was nearby 130 22.4
 People advised 49 8.5
Reason for not visiting health facility (n = 254)
 Treatment expensive 198 77.9
 The distance of the health facility 14 5.6
 The illness was not serious 42 16.5