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Table 5 Frontline service providers’ knowledge about the clinical and public health aspects of rabies PEP

From: Management of dog bites by frontline service providers in primary healthcare facilities in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, 2014–2015

Variable Frequency (%)
Years of practice
  > 1 94 (40.5)
 2–5 94 (40.5)
 6–9 19 (8.2)
  ≥ 10 25 (10.8)
Availability of rabies vaccines at facility based on providers’ responses
 Available 54 (23.3)
 Not available 178 (76.7)
Knowledge of where to get vaccine
 Yes 129 (55.8)
 No 102 (44.2)
Incubation period of rabies
 One day 4 (1.7)
 6 days 23 (9.9)
 One week 39 (16.8)
 3–8 weeks 103 (44.4)
 Don’t know 63 (27.2)
Rabies prevention
 Vaccination 229 (98.7)
 Prayers 0 (0.0)
 Kill all animals 0 (0.0)
 Other 0 (0.0)
 Don’t know 3 (1.3)
Dose of RIG determined by…
 BMI 1 (0.8)
 Weight 29 (21.6)
 Body surface area 69 (51.5)
 Don’t know 35 (26.1)
Site for RIG administration
 Infiltrated around the wound 48 (20.7)
 Intravenous 7 (3.0)
 All dosed into deltoid muscle 108 (46.6)
 Don’t know 69 (29.7)
Site for rabies vaccine
 Deltoid 134 (57.8)
 Abdomen 25 (10.8)
 Buttocks 22 (9.5)
 Don’t know 51 (21.9)
Route of rabies vaccination
 Intramuscular 115 (49.6)
 Intradermal 43 (18.5)
 Intramuscular/intradermal 32 (13.8)
 Intravenous 1 (0.4)
 Don’t know 41 (17.7)