Journal of Primary Health Care & General Practice


Research Article

Knowledge Attitude and Practice of Treatment of Hepatitis-B by Natural Medicine Practitioners in South West Nigeria

Nimat B. Idris

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Nimat B. Idris
University Medical Centre
Instittute of Natural Medicine
Kwara State University
Malete, Nigeria

Received on: February 10, 2020, Accepted on: February 28, 2020, Published on: March 05, 2020

Citation: Nimat B. Idris, Adedapo Adejumo (2020). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Treatment of Hepatitis-B by Natural Medicine Practitioners in South-West Nigeria

Copyright: 2020 Nimat B. Idris, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

  • Abstract

Background: Hepatitis B is a potentially life threatening liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is a major global health problem that can cause chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer. Lack of awareness about Hepatitis B virus, its route of transmission and mode of prevention among health workers including natural medicine practitioners and the general public can lead to increasing prevalence of this public health scourge affecting almost 10% of the world population.
Aims: This study therefore, aims to increase awareness of natural medicine practitioners of Hepatitis B virus as well as assess their attitude and practice of treatment which may help to curb or increase the menace of the disease among the general populace.
Methods: Cross-sectional study involving Natural Medicine Practitioners located within Southwest, Nigeria. Quantitative method of data collection was used through administration of structured interviewer and administered questionnaires.
Results: 120 questionnaires were administered. (76.7%) of respondents have good knowledge of Hepatitis B,  majority (72.9%) confirm Hepatitis B in a patient through blood test while (41.7%) use traditional test. Majority of (70%) uses herbal powders for the treatment of Hepatitis B while large number of the respondent uses both herbal powders and decoctions.
Conclusion: Sequel to the result of this research work there is needed to advocate support for branding and regularization of herbal medicine for the treatment of hepatitis B
Keywords: Hepatitis B, Natural Medicine Practitioners, Practice of Treatment