Table 2: General laboratory setups of selected health institutions in Tigray, North Ethiopia, 2016.

VariablesFrequencyPercent

Number of microscope (s) in each labOne730.4
Two1043.5
≥Three522.7

Presence of guideline for reagent preparationYes1986.4
No313.6

Kind of blood film usedThin only00.0
Thick only313.6
Both1986.4

Internal quality control programs conductedYes1986.4
No313.6

Type of microscopeBinocular with inbuilt lamp1045.5
Binocular with external light1254.5

Method of parasite quantificationPlus system2091.0
WBC system29.0

Average time to read a slide (minutes)0–202091.0
21–4029.0