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Self-Medication with Antibiotics and Antimalarials in the Community of Silte Zone, South Ethiopia

Nasir Tajure Wabe, Dargicho Ahmed, Mulugeta Tarekegn Angamo.

AIM: Self-medication with antibiotics and antimalarials occurs among the population in Ethiopian. We studied to estimate the prevalence of self-medication with antibiotics and antimalarials in Ethiopia and evaluate factors associated with self-medications.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 405 households, selected from Silte Zone in South Ethiopia, using a random sampling technique by employing a pretested questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS for windows version 16.0. Chi-square test was used to observe the association of variables.
RESULT: The prevalence of self-medication with antibiotics/ antimalarials in this study was 14.5%. Twenty seven (6.7%) participants were self medicated with antibiotics, 2.7% used antimalarials drugs while 21 (5.2%) used both. Level of monthly income and educational status significantly influence pattern of antibiotics and antimalarials self medication (P

Key words: Antibiotics, Antimalarials, Antimicrobials, Self-medication, Ethiopia

Article Language: Turkish English

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