Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health

Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-891X

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Abstract

Malaria Preventive Behaviour among Rural Households in the North West Region of Cameroon

Nfor Omarine Nlinwe*, Njimanted Godfrey Forgha, Yakum Ivan Mboambogoh and Fozoh Isiah Aziseh

Malaria remains a major threat to life in Cameroon and in the North West Region in particular. This threat is especially common in rural areas despite the fact that it is preventable and treatable. It is from the above count that this study examines the role of; Household income, Family Size, Gender and Age of household head, Educational level of the Household head, Knowledge on signs, symptoms, and prevention of malaria among Households in the North West Region of Cameroon. This study used data collected from 6341 households selected from ten health districts with the highest malaria prevalence in the North West Region. Data were analyzed using ordered logit Regression. The findings of this study reveal the significant ability of; gender, age, marital status and educational attainments of household heads; household per capita income; household size; knowledge on malaria prevention/ transmission, in predicting households ’ malaria prevention seeking behaviors in the North West Region of Cameroon. There is also evidence of the knowledge gap on the signs, causes, and prevention of malaria. The study strongly recommends sensitization campaigns; creation of community-based malaria control committees; sponsored media programs; household empowerment programs and free distribution of Insecticide Treated Bed Nets, as ways of curbing the prevalence of malaria in the North West Region in particular and Cameroon in general.

Published Date: 2019-05-24; Received Date: 2019-03-29

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