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Title: Indigenous Knowledge of Traditional Medical practitioners in the treatment of sickle cell anemia
Authors: Olatokun, Wole Michael
Keywords: Indigenous Knowledge Systems;Traditional medicine;Sickle cell anemia;Nigeria
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int.Cl9: A61K36/00, A61P9/00, A61P9/04
Abstract: The study examined the information seeking behaviour of traditional medical practitioners in the treatment of sickle cell anemia as well as the level of use of local indigenous system and its level of acceptance in the treatment of the disease. The cluster sampling technique was used to select 160 traditional medical practitioners from the study population. Data were collected using an interviewer-administered, self-constructed structured-questionnaire. Frequency and percentage distributions were employed for data analysis. Analysis revealed that traditional medical practice in the study area was male-dominated and majority of the traditional medical practitioners seek information from informal sources mostly from colleagues within the same professional association. Knowledge of traditional medical practice was revealed to be orally preserved and transmitted by word of mouth from generation to generation and the level of integration with orthodox medicine was found to be very low. The low level of education of the traditional medical practitioners denied them access to knowledge that could improve and make their services in the treatment/management of sickle cell anemia more relevant to the Nigerian society. It is recommended that proper regulation, standardization and increased involvement of government organs in the field of traditional medicine should be ensured. There is a need to bring the traditional medical practitioners into the mainstream by providing them with proper training, facilities and back-up for referral.
Page(s): 119-125
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.09(1) [January 2010]

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