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Table 3 Current practice in laboratories for identification of malaria parasite in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia, 2006 (N = 29)

From: Does the practice of blood film microscopy for detection and quantification of malaria parasites in northwest Ethiopia fit the standard?

Variables Frequency
Availability of staining reagent  
 Yes 23 (79.3)
 No 6 (20.7)
Utilization of new slides for each sample  
 Yes 5 (17.2)
 No 24 (82.8)
Participation in epidemic investigation and/or control program  
 Yes 14 (48.0)
 No 15 (52.0)
Previous participation on refresher training on malaria microscopy  
 Yes 3 (10.3)
 No 26 (89.7)
Blood smear used  
 Thick 7 (24.1)
 Thin 8 (27.6)
 Both 14 (48.0)
Quality control program done so far regarding blood smear  
 Yes 6 (20.7)
 No 23 (79.3)
Do you report species, stages and parasite density?  
 Yes 28 (96.6)
 No 1 (3.4)
Methods of parasite quantification  
 Plus system of quantitation 27 (93.1)
 Counting parasites/μl 2 (6.9)
Mean (range) number of blood films examined/day  
 Per institution 46.5 (7-175)
 Per individuals 23.5 (1-87)
Number of positives/day  
 Mean (range) 18.8 (0-120)
  0-40 22 (75.9)
  41-80 5 (17.2)
  ≥80 2 (6.9)
Time spent to read a single blood film (in minutes)  
 Mean (range) 10.8 (2-45)
  2-20 17 (58.6)
  21-39 10 (34.5)
  ≥40 2 (6.9)