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

Aloysius Chukwuma Obiwulu, Josephine Ngozi Akah, Anthony Chinaemerem Ajah

Abstract


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. 


Keywords


Traditional Religion, Worldview, Driver, Healthcare, Nigeria

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11564/34-1-1489

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