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Table 1 Distribution of the respondents by their background characteristics. Ethnicity: Others* contain Saho, Bilen, Nara, Afar

From: Traditional medicine among the community of Gash-Barka region, Eritrea: attitude, societal dependence, and pattern of use

Variables Number of respondents Percentage
Sex
 Male 82 40.8
 Female 120 59.2
Age (Median = 45, Range = 18 to 90)
 Below 35 42 20.8
 35–54 93 46.2
 55 and above 67 33.0
Marital status
 Single 10 5.0
 Married 161 79.6
 Divorced 13 6.3
 Widowed 18 9.0
Educational level
 Illiterate 110 54.7
 Elementary 61 30.2
 Junior 23 11.2
 Secondary 6 3.0
 Higher education 2 1.0
Ethnicity
 Tigre 70 34.7
 Tigrigna 57 28.4
 Kunama 40 20.0
 Hidareb 18 8.8
 Others* 16 8.1
Religion
 Christian 80 39.8
 Muslim 121 59.8
 Animist 1 0.4
Household size
 Below 5 67 33.1
 5 or above 135 66.9