Socioeconomic Determinants of the use of Traditional Methods of Malaria Treatment among Rural Households in South-East, Nigeria

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R. N. Nwakwasi
I Nwachukwu
E. O. Okoroma

Abstract

This study analyzed the socioeconomic determinants of the use of traditional
methods of malaria treatment for increased agricultural production among rural
households in South-East, Nigeria. Specifically, the study ascertained the traditional
methods of malaria treatment employed by rural households in the study area as well
as analyzed the socioeconomic determinants for the use of traditional methods of
Malaria treatment among rural households. Three States of Abia, Imo and Ebonyi,
were randomly selected for the study, while a sample size of 360 household heads were
randomly selected. Data were collected using structured questionnaire, Focus Group
Discussions (FGD) and key informant interviews. The result of the focus group
discussion validated the responses from the interviews. Frequency distribution,
percentages and Ordinary Least Square multiple regression analysis were used to
analyze the data. The result of the study revealed that respondents utilized all the
traditional treatments studied except steam bathing and inhalation of boiled
leaves/roots/bark concoction. Usage of traditional methods of treatment had positive
relationship with age, marital status, household size and membership of organization,
while education and health care contact were negatively related. Traditional medicine
was an important resource, providing healthcare to manage illness among
households. It is recommended that Nigeria should as a matter of urgency fully
integrate the traditional medical sub sector with the orthodox practice. There is need
to properly integrate traditional medical practitioners into the healthcare systems in
Nigeria.

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Nwakwasi, . R. N., Nwachukwu, I., & Okoroma, E. O. (2021). Socioeconomic Determinants of the use of Traditional Methods of Malaria Treatment among Rural Households in South-East, Nigeria. JCCR | Journal of Community & Communication Research, 6(1), 22-29. Retrieved from https://jccr.sccdr.org.ng/index.php/jccr/article/view/104
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