The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs for the treatment of malaria…

Background: The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs can lead to treatment failure and development of drug-resistant parasites. This study investigated the use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs for the treatment of malaria in the Bolgatanga Municipality of northern Ghana. Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey of a random sample of 392 adults and children with episodes of malaria in the last four weeks prior to the study Results: Majority of survey respondents 96.9% (380) knew the symptoms of malaria, 75% (294) knew the causes of malaria and 93.1% (365) were aware of mode of transmission of malaria. The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs was 16.8% (95% CI: 13.3-21.0) among the respondents.

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The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs for the treatment of malaria…