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Table 1 WHO/INRUD prescribing indicators in health centers of Dessie town from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 (N = 1500)

From: Drug use pattern using WHO core drug use indicators in public health centers of Dessie, North-East Ethiopia

Prescribing indicators SGHC DHC BWHC Total WHO standard
Average number of drugs per encounter 1069 (2.13) 1018 (2.03) 1112 (2.2) 3199 (2.1) (1.6%–1.8)
Percentage of encounter with antibiotics 222 (44.4) 241 (48) 197 (39.4) 660 (44) (20.0–26.8)
Percentage of encounters with injection 58 (11.6) 82 (16.4) 69 (13.8) 209 (13.9) (13.4–24.1)
Percentage of drugs prescribed by generic name 1047 (98) 1008 (99) 1082 (97) 3137 (98) 100
Percentage of drugs from essential drug list 100 100 100 100 100
  1. SGHC, Segno Gebeya Health Center; DHC, Dessie Health Center; BWHC, Buanbua Wuha Health Center