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Table 2 knowledge of health professionals on podoconiosis prevention and control in Gamo zone, Southern Ethiopia, 2019. (N = 320)

From: Knowledge, attitude, practice and associated factors of health professionals towards podoconiosis in Gamo zone, Ethiopia, 2019

Variables Categories Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Podoconiosis is infectious disease Yes 70 21.9
No 250 78.1
Cause of podoconiosis Hereditary disease 57 17.8
Parasitic disease 71 22.1
Curse/evil eye 38 11.9
Soil particle 154 48.1
Risk factor for podoconiosis (multiple options) Not wearing shoes 176 55
Improper foot hygiene 188 58.8
Not using bed net 144 45
Signs and symptoms (multiple options) Lower leg swelling 314 98.1
Upper arm swelling 193 60.3
Scrotal swelling 40 12.5
Breast swelling 71 22.2
Prevention measures of podoconiosis (multiple options) Avoiding stepping on dead animals 10 3.1
Proper and regular shoe wearing 193 60.3
Avoiding prolonged bare foot contact with irritant red clay soil 200 62.5
Daily foot washing 268 83.8
Covering floors 74 23.1
Use bed net 81 25.3
Management of podoconiosis patients (multiple options) Foot hygiene 124 38.8
Elevation and exercise 192 60
Bandaging 133 41.6
Skin care 153 47.8
Wound care 168 52.5
counseling 198 61.9
Knowledge status Poor 74 23.1
Good 246 76.9