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Health seeking behaviour among suspected cases of cholera in Cameroonian health districts in Lake Chad basin

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Research Notes, August 2017
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Title
Health seeking behaviour among suspected cases of cholera in Cameroonian health districts in Lake Chad basin
Published in
BMC Research Notes, August 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13104-017-2756-9
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Authors

Martin Ndinakie Yakum, Jerome Ateudjieu, Etienne Guenou, Ebile Akoh Walter, Malathi Ram, Amanda K. Debes, Anthony Chebe Njimbia, Sonia Sonkeng Nafack, David A. Sack

Abstract

Cholera outbreaks are recurrent in Cameroon and despite the efforts put together during epidemics, they are always associated with a high case fatality. Inadequate demand for health care is one of the major factors that might be responsible for the high case fatality. This study was conducted to describe the health seeking behaviour of suspected cases of cholera in four health districts of the Far North Cameroon. We conducted a health facility based descriptive study involving suspected cases of cholera received in health facilities. Data was collected from August 2013 to October 2015 with the help of a questionnaire and analysis done by running frequency and calculating confidence interval at 95% with Epi Info version 3.5.4. A total of 1849 cases were enrolled, with 997 (53.9%) being males. 534 (28.9%) were children under the age of 5 and 942 (50.9%) were above the age of 14. About 373 (20%) of diarrhoeal patients arrived in the health facility more than 2 days following the onset of diarrhoea, with 916 (50%) of them being seriously dehydrated. Also, about 624 (34%) of these patients had sought treatment elsewhere before coming to the health facility where they were enrolled, and about 86% of them did not received ORS. Taking 2 or more days after diarrhoea onset or taking more than 1 h to travel from home to health facility was associated with severe dehydration in patients. The delay between the onset of diarrhoea and seeking treatment from a health provider determines the seriousness of suspected cases of cholera in the Far North Cameroon. While conducting an anthropological study to understand reasons why a health provider is not the first option during diarrhoeal episodes, we recommend that a system of community case detection and reference to health facilities should be put in place during cholera outbreaks to minimize its case fatality rate.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 35 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 29%
Researcher 5 14%
Student > Bachelor 4 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 6%
Other 4 11%
Unknown 6 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 23%
Social Sciences 3 9%
Arts and Humanities 1 3%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 3%
Other 3 9%
Unknown 10 29%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 September 2017.
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#6,436,019
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#985
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#116,708
of 263,189 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Research Notes
#20
of 45 outputs
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