Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Community on Traditional Medicine in Jara Town, Bale Zone South East Ethiopia
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Pages: 241-246
Received: Apr. 28, 2015;
Accepted: Dec. 10, 2015;
Published: May 26, 2016
Views 3719 Downloads 225
Ahmed Yasin Mohammed, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Madda Walabu University, Bale Goba, Ethiopia
Muhammedawel Kasso, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Madda Walabu University, Bale Goba, Ethiopia
Ashebir Demeke, Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural Studies, Madda Walabu University, Bale Robe, Ethiopia
Traditional medicine is an ancient medical practice that is still widely used in prevention and treatment of various health problems for majority of global population particularly in rural developing countries like Ethiopia. The aim of this study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of the community on tradition medicine in Jara town. A community based cross sectional study was carried out in the community of Jara town from April 5 to April 10/2013. Face to face interview was carried out using structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20. Frequency and percentages were calculated. The study involved 271 participants recruited by systematic random sampling technique. Participants of the study were interviewed with a structured open and close ended questionnaire. From the total of 271 participants who were identified for the study all of them participated in the study. Two hundred sixty one (96.3%) of the respondents answered that they have heard about traditional medicine. One hundred forty eight (54.61%) of the respondents think that there are diseases that are not cured by modern medicine while 123(45.38%) believe that there are no diseases that cannot be cured by modern medicine. One hundred nineteen (43.91%) of our respondents have planned to use traditional medicine in the future. Two hundred (73.8%) of the respondents have used traditional medicine at least once in their life time. The study concludes that many of the respondents found herbal medicine to be safe, effective and beneficial. Despite many of the respondents believe that herbal medicine rarely produce adverse effect, a few experienced them mildly and moderately.
Ahmed Yasin Mohammed,
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Community on Traditional Medicine in Jara Town, Bale Zone South East Ethiopia, Science Journal of Public Health.
Vol. 4, No. 3,
2016, pp. 241-246.
Frederick AM, Abdelmoneim I. Legal status of traditional medicine and complementary/Alternative Medicine: WHO, worldwide review: Geneva, 2001.
Daniel J, Caroline A, Nakanjako J. practical hand book for Anti malarial drug therapeutic efficacy testing for district health workers. Harare: WHO/AFRO, 1999.
Ali K. M, Albert M, Andualem T. Traditional Medicine strategy 2002-2005. WHO, Geneva 7, WHsehO/EDM/2002.
Olufunke A, Browyn H, Matthew C, Jane G. Utilization of traditional medicine, WHO fact sheet, Geneva, May 2003.
Bannerman RH, Burton J, Chien W. Traditional medicine and Health care Coverage, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland 1993.
Lambert J. Ethiopia; Traditional Medicine and the bridge to better health, World Bank Ethiop. J. Health Dev, 2006; 20(2).
Central statistical Authority (CSA) and ORC Macro Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey 2000, Addis Abeba (AA) Ethiopia and Calverton, Maryland, USA,, May 2001.
Micheal M. A brief history of Medicine, USA, January 4, 2009.
Ketema A. Transitional Government of Ethiopia Health Sector Strategy. Addis Ababa, April 1995. Ethiop J. Health Dev 2006; 20(2).
Hanbin W, Gao W. Assessment of the Pharmaceutical sector in Ethiopia. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, October 2003.
Papadopoulos R, Lay M, Gebrehiwot A. Cultural Snapshots. A Guide to Ethiopia refugees for health care workers. Research center for Trans-Cultural Studies in Health. Middle sex University; London UK n144YZ, May 2002.
Nigussie B. Traditional Wisdom and Modern development: A case study of traditional peri-natal knowledge among women in Southern Shewa, Ethiopia. Doctoral dissertation, University of Stockhelm, December 1988.
Getachew A, Dawit A, Timotewos G, Kelbesa U. perception and practices of modern and traditional health practitioners about traditional medicine in Shirka district, Arsi zone, Ethiopia, February 1999.
Gutu D, Melkie E, knowledge, attitude and practice involved in harmful health behavior in Dembia district, northwest Ethiopia, may 2001.
Ibrahim A, Kazeem O and Mercy A. herbal medicine use among urban resident in Lagos, Nigeria, march 2011.