Perception, Knowledge and Challenges of the Use of Traditional Medicine among Residents of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria
Issue: 2023 - Volume 6 [Issue 2]
Dombin Tyem Dinfa *
Fensyl MHP Consulting, 49 Kofo Abayomi, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ehoche John Owunebe
Department of Chemistry, Eastern New Mexico University, 1500 South Avenue K, Portales, New Mexico, United States of America.
Merck Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ameh Christopher Ochigbo
Pharm-Assist Limited, Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Rabo Clifford Naannoe
Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria.
Okeke Arinze Anthony
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria.
Ocheni Peter Ojochenemi
Tamar & Pharez Pharmaceuticals LTD, Kaduna, Nigeria.
Razaq Bitrus Mai
Society for Family Health, Gombe, Nigeria.
Ahmad Dalhatu Muhammad
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Oteh Peter Igoche
Ahmadu Ali Center for Public Health and Comparative Medicine, Nigeria.
*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Aim: To determine the knowledge, perception and challenges associated with the use of traditional medicine among the residents of Jos south Local Government Area of Plateau state, Nigeria
Study Design: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted using a systematic random sampling technique
Place and Study Duration: Jos south Local Government Area, Plateau state, Nigeria. Between October 2019 and March 2020
Methodology: A total of 204 residents of Jos South participated in this study. The sample units were households within the study location while the study units are individuals 18 years and above living in those houses who have been residents of the study location for at least six months. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection from the study participants
Results: A total of 204 individuals participated in this study (117 women and 87 men). More than half of the study participants (64%) use traditional medicine and about 60% of them belief that it is safe. Nevertheless, 32% of the respondents are of the opinion that traditional medicine is more effective than orthodox medicine but only 26% of them belief that it is safer than orthodox medicine. Meanwhile, 61% of them would support the integration of traditional medicine into the conventional healthcare delivery system, whereas nearly one-third (74%) of the study population is convinced that government should set-up and fund facilities that provide traditional medicine services. Also, majority of the study participants (54%) belief that the availability of traditional medicine enhances access to healthcare
Conclusion: There is a high acceptability and patronage of traditional medicine among the residents of Jos south LGA of Plateau state, Nigeria. Majority of the population also supports the integration of traditional medicine into the conventional healthcare delivery system
Keywords: Traditional medicine, orthodox, belief, safe, use and healthcare
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