Quantitative results from the household survey in Busoga suggest that a significant proportion of users have experienced complications with injections. Of the 360 households visited 155 (43.1%) indicate that they experienced injection complications at some time. Of these, 133 households (36.9%) had experiences with injection abscesses, 14 (3.9%) reported cases of allergy, while 8 households (2.2%) reported lameness. Some of the popular ideas about cause of complications seem to diverge from the biomedical explanatory models which emphasize lack of hygiene or inappropriate injections. If complications occur, respondents relate these not to lack of hygiene or inappropriate injectable solutions, but to the personal qualities of the provider. Complications are thought to be the result of the ‘bad hand’ of a provider.
It is also important to mention here that the major fear about injection use is the contraction of AIDS. Most of the users are not scared or even bothered about infections arising out of poor methods of injection handling, storage or contraction of other diseases such as hepatitis.