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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of the health workers of Nyamagana and Ilemela districts of Mwanza city included in the study

From: Predictors of knowledge and practice of exclusive breastfeeding among health workers in Mwanza city, northwest Tanzania

Variables Nyamagana
n (%)
Ilemela district
n (%)
Total
n (%)
Sex of the study group (n = 220)a
 Male 25 (11.4%) 14 (6.3%) 39 (17.7%)
 Female 121 (55%) 60 (27.3%) 181 (82.3%)
Age of the study group (n = 220)a
 19–30 years 26 (11.8%) 16 (7.3%) 42 (19.1%)
 31–40 years 67 (34.4%) 29 (13.2%) 96 (43.6%)
 41–50 years 35 (15.9%) 18 (8.2%) 53 (24.1%)
 51 years and above 18 (8.2%) 11 (5%) 29 (13.2%)
Health workers cadres (n = 220)a
 Registered nurse 54 (24.5%) 27 (12.3%) 81 (36.8%)
 Enrolled nurse 40 (18.2%) 25 (11.3%) 65 (29.5%)
 Doctor 36 (16.4%) 4 (1.8%) 40 (18.2%)
 Clinician (CO and AMO) 10 (4.5%) 14 (6.4%) 24 (10.9%)
 Auxiliary Nurse 6 (2.7%) 4 (1.8%) 10 (4.5%)
Years after professional training (n = 220)a
 less than 1 year 12 (5.5%) 8 (3.6%) 20 (9.1%)
 1 to 3 years 46 (20.9%) 22 (10%) 68 (30.9%)
 4 to 8 years 42 (19.1%) 16 (7.3%) 58 (26.4%)
 9 years and more 46 (20.9%) 28 (12.7%) 74 (33.6%)
Ever had training on exclusive breastfeeding (n = 220)b
 Yes 26 (11.8%) 11 (5%) 37 (16.8%)
 No 120 (54.6%) 63 (28.6%) 183 (83.2%)
Length of exclusive breastfeeding training (n = 37)c
 less than 1 week 12 (32.4%) 3 (8.1%) 15 (40.5%)
 1 to 3 weeks 13 (35.2%) 8 (21.6%) 21 (56.8%)
 4 to 6 weeks 1 (2.7%) 0 (0%) 1 (2.7%)
  1. aThe demographic data of health workers (N = 220), which include sex, age and cadre and number of years after professional training; bnumber trained/not trained on exclusive breastfeeding (N = 220), amongst c(N = 37) were ever trained on exclusive breastfeeding: the length of training ranged from less than a week to 4–6 weeks