Mfuh et al
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 8 (2), pp. 011-018, March 2018.
Manuscript Number: 013018014
Views of Traditional Healers on Knowledge, Attitude and Treatment of Cervical Cancer among Women in a Rural Community in Northern Nigeria
1Mfuh Anita L., 2Hellandendu J., 3Clara Ejembi 4Oluwabamide A.J.
1RN, MSc, PhD in view, FWACN Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
2PhD, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
3PhD, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
4PhD, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
study was a community-based, cross-sectional, descriptive study of traditional
birth attendants living in a rural community in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The
study aimed at exploring the knowledge and practice of traditional healers
towards cervical cancer detection and treatment. The population of the study
include traditional healers in the State. Qualitative technique using in-depth
interview was adopted for data collection. The study took place within the
three Senatorial Zones of the State. The results were transcribed, themes and
patterns emerged, systematically and critically analyzed and results presented
verbatim in quotations. The findings demonstrated that the traditional health
practitioners are aware about cervical cancer. This was demonstrated by them
naming the disease, mentioning some symptoms of the disease and method of
treatment. The findings further showed that traditional healers perform an
indispensable role in the delivery of health care, especially in rural
areas where access to biomedical care is limited. It was therefore recommended that the traditional healers be well educated about the disease condition, screening methods and collaboration between modern health-care practitioners and traditional healers. Increase knowledge and collaboration may assist in early detection and treatment of cervical cancer and reduce mortality among women due to the disease
Keywords: Cervical cancer, knowledge, practice, Screening, Traditional healers, views
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