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Table 6 Proportion of respondent youths that purchased various drug types from PPMVs and barriers/enablers to the use of PPMVs services

From: An assessment of nursing mothers’ and young people’s access to proprietary and patent medicine vendors’ services in rural communities of south-eastern Nigeria: implication for review of national drug policy

Variable Frequency (n = 146) Percentage (%)
Drug group name
 Antimalarial 134 95.0
 Analgesics 128 87.7
 Antibiotics 117 81.3
 Antiseptics 115 72.4
 Haematinics 95 66.9
 Oral rehydration solution 91 62.8
 Herbal mixture 80 54.8
 Antitussives 79 55.6
 Anthelminthic 77 54.6
 Medical consumables 71 49.3
 Zinc tablets 69 47.6
 Antacids 64 44.8
 Intravenous fluids 60 41.4
 Parenteral drugs 55 38.5
 Antihistamines 55 38.2
 Family planning commodities 37 25.5
 Anxiolytics 26 18.6
 Antipsychotics 18 12.4
 Antihypertensive 17 12.0
 Antidiabetics 11 7.6
Enablers and barriers to the use of PPMVs by the respondents
 Enablers
  Closeness to the people 87 65.2
  Cheap drugs 66 44.2
  Good response to care 16 11.0
  Good rapport with the people 13 8.9
  No delay in accessing care 10 6.8
  Access to credit facility 5 3.4
 Barriers
  Sale of substandard/expired drugs 52 35.6
  Lack of training 44 30.1
  Low educational qualification 28 19.2
  Fear of side effects 11 7.5
  Lack of supervision 9 6.2
  Lack of experience 6 4.1