Assessing the Knowledge, Practice and Attitudes (KPA) of Traditional Healers in Malaria Control Programme in Nsukka Zone of Enugu State Nigeria

Akubue Augustine Uchenna, Oketah Anthony Chinedu, Jalal –Eddeen Saleh, Saddiq ., Pharm.Ukor Nkiruka Calista, Isaiah Abonyi, Amadi, Agwu Nkwa, Ekweremadu Isaac, Okoro Linus, Ikeonu Caroline Obianuju, Edeh Nonye Ugochukwu, Abonyi, Dominic Ojiabor, MPAZANJE Rex, Alemu Wondimagegnehu, John Anderson


Background: Malaria remains one of the major public health problems as well as the main cause of mortality among young children in sub Saharan Africa and Nigeria in particular. It is endemic throughout Nigeria with about 97% of the population at risk and an estimated 300,000 deaths annually. Malaria is responsible for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations in children under five years old and contributes to about 11% of maternal mortality in Nigeria. Traditional Healers play an important role in providing health care in Nigeria with a significant proportion of the population patronizing them for treatment of most of their ailments. The aim of this study was to assess the Knowledge, Practice and Attitudes (KPA) of Traditional Healers in malaria control in Enugu state, Nigeria with a view to developing appropriate intervention strategies aimed at improving collaboration and malaria quality of care in rural community settings.

Design: This is a qualitative study using ethnographic approach carried out in Nsukka district, a rural community in Enugu North senatorial districts in South-east Nigeria, The study involved in-depth interviews of fifty (50) traditional healers selected out of 68 registered traditional healers in the zone. This was complemented by observations of service delivery to determine the quality of care each traditional healer gave to their patients. The fifty (50) selected particip

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