Traditional religious worldview as persistent driver of healthcare practices in Southeast Nigeria

  • Aloysius Chukwuma Obiwulu University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Josephine Ngozi Akah University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Anthony Chinaemerem Ajah University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Keywords: Traditional Religion, Worldview, Driver, Healthcare, Nigeria


Background: Worldviews define reality and stipulate the specific attitudes towards each component of reality.This study assessed how traditional religious worldview in southeast Nigeria has persisted as a driver of healthcare practices in the region. The study was carried out in southeast Nigeria, particularly, Enugu and Anambra States.Data Source and Methods:  Data for the study were collected using a six-item questionnaire administered to 400 respondents, and analyzed using simple percentages.Results: Most of the respondents see ailments as curses from gods/deities, or malicious machinations from evil forces. The predominant initial healthcare practice for ailments such as leg ulcer is to go to a dibia (61%) or to a faith healing home (29%).Conclusion: For health-interventions to succeed in southeast Nigeria, there is need for pre-intervention campaigns. There is also urgent need to proscribe faith healing homes in the region. 

Author Biographies

Aloysius Chukwuma Obiwulu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Department of Philosopy
Josephine Ngozi Akah, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Department of Religion
Anthony Chinaemerem Ajah, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Department of Philosophy