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Table 1 General characteristics of pulmonary Tuberculosis patients (n = 129) in pastoralist community in Bale Zone, April 2011

From: Treatment delay among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in pastoralist communities in Bale Zone, Southeast Ethiopia

Patient characteristics Frequency Percent
Age (years) 15 – 25 48 37. 2
26 – 35 38 29.5
36 – 45 21 16.3
> 45 22 17.1
Sex Male 73 56.6
Female 56 43.4
Place of residence Rural 97 75.2
Urban 32 24.8
Marital Status Single 31 24.0
Married 89 69.0
Divorced/separated 4 3.1
Widowed 5 3.9
Religion Orthodox Christian 11 8.5
Muslim 117 90.7
Catholic 1 0.8
Ethnicity Oromo 97 75.2
Amara 8 6.2
Somale 24 18.6
Education Illiterate 95 73.6
Read and write 8 6.2
Primary (1–4) 16 12.4
Junior (5–8) 3 2.3
Secondary (9–12) 6 4.7
12+ 1 0.8
Family size 1 to 3 person 11 8.50
4 to 6 person 55 42.60
> 6 persons 63 48.80
Distance from health facility ≤10 Km 37 28.6
  >10 Km 92 71.4