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Table 7 Summary of response from the youths on issues concerning access to medicines and health care services by PPMVs

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

Parameter assessed Frequency (n = 146) Percent (%)
Common illness
 Malaria 117 71.3
 Headaches 76 51.2
 Stomach ache 45 30.8
 Cough/cold 36 24.7
 Typhoid 32 21.9
 Body pain/weakness 29 19.9
 Fever 16 11.0
Source of advice/information on medicines
 Parents 68 42.2
 PPMVs 56 38.4
 Friends 33 22.6
 Other health workers 30 20.5
 Doctors 18 12.3
 Relatives 11 7.5
 Media 10 6.8
Commonly used medicines
 Antimalarial 60 41.1
 Paracetamol 56 38.4
 Analgesics 53 36.3
 Antibiotics 50 34.2
 Contraceptives 23 15.8
 Tramadol 22 15.1
 Vitamins 18 12.3
Outcome after accessing care from PPMVs
 Got well 99 67.8
 Got a little better 38 26.0
 No improvement 5 3.4
 Got worse 4 2.7