In the past 4 weeks, have you suffered from any of the following illnesses...
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
to ask about diseases, injuries that the respondent has contracted in the last 4
weeks. It should be noted that this question must be put to all household members from 6 years
of age upward regardless of their health status. Each listed diseases should be asked. It should not
be asked in a combined way like; “have you been ill or sick in the last 4 weeks ?”. Diseases
would easily be missed in such way of interviewing. For example, most farmers do not regard a
runny nose, headache, cold, or mild flu as diseases, though they have bought drugs for treatment
of these illnesses. For some persons with chronic diseases such as angina (sore throat), cough,
stomach ache, etc. if we ask them in a combined way, they may think that they did not have any
illness so they respond no to such questions.