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Table 6 Questionnaire-based survey among heads of households in the community study

From: Urban lymphatic filariasis in the metropolis of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Question Response Warda
   Total (n=172) Mchikichini (n=49) Vingunguti (n=38) Ukonga (n=39) Chanika (n=46)
Your main occupation? Employee 33 (19.2) 14 (28.6) 2 (5.3) 12 (30.8) 5 (10.9)
Business/self employed 105 (61.0) 32 (65.3) 36 (94.7) 20 (51.3) 17 (37.0)
Peasant 24 (14.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (5.1) 22 (47.8)
Other 10 (5.8) 3 (6.1) 0 (0.0) 5 (12.8) 2 (4.3)
Your educational level? Not completed primary 31 (18.0) 4 (8.2) 3 (7.9) 7 (17.9) 17 (37.0)
Completed primary, but not secondary 104 (60.5) 29 (59.2) 31 (81.6) 19 (48.7) 25 (54.3)
Completed secondary 37 (21.5) 16 (32.7) 4 (10.5) 13 (33.3) 4 (8.7)
Average monthly income of your household? < 80,000 TSh 104 (60.5) 23 (46.9) 31 (81.6) 16 (41.0) 34 (73.9)
≥ 80,000 TSh 68 (39.5) 26 (53.1) 7 (18.4) 23 (59.0) 12 (26.1)
What causes elephantiasis? Mosquito bite 69 (40.1) 24 (49.0) 17 (44.7) 10 (25.6) 18 (39.1)
Otherb 11 (6.4) 1 (2.0) 3 (7.9) 2 (5.1) 5 (10.9)
Do not know 92 (53.5) 24 (49.0) 18 (47.4) 27 (69.2) 23 (50.0)
What causes hydrocele? Mosquito bite 50 (29.1) 15 (30.6) 19 (50.0) 6 (15.4) 10 (21.7)
Otherb 8 (4.7) 1 (2.0) 3 (7.9) 1 (2.6) 3 (6.5)
Do not know 114 (66.3) 33 (67.3) 16 (42.1) 32 (82.1) 33 (71.7)
Do you sleep under bed net? Yes 160 (93.0) 47 (95.9) 35 (92.1) 37 (94.9) 41 (89.1)
Have you ever taken drugs for LF? Yes 32 (18.6) 5 (10.2) 7 (18.4) 10 (25.6) 10 (21.7)
  1. Participants were from four wards in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam. Table shows the number (%) of individuals who gave the indicated response to the indicated question.
  2. a) Female to male ratio was 0.6, 0.3, 1.3 and 0.4, and mean age (range) in years was 42.9 (21–75), 36.7 (18–73), 42.9 (18–80) and 46.5 (26–79), respectively, among those interviewed in Mchikichini, Vingunguti, Ukonga and Chanika wards.
  3. b) Other choices were: witchcraft, eating bad food, touching or sleeping with person with the mentioned sign, Gods decision, injury, and stepping barefooted on dirty matter.