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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 21  |  Page : 19-25

A cross-sectional study on the perceptions and practices of modern and traditional health practitioners about traditional medicine in Dembia district, north western Ethiopia

1 Department of Pharmacognosy, PGP College of Pharmacy, Namakal, Tamilnadu, India
2 Department of Pharmacognosy School of Pharmacy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

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Muthuswamy Ragunathan
Department of Pharmacognosy, PGP college of Pharmacy, Namakal, Tamilnadu State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: Even though more than 80 % of population rely on traditional medicine, until now government not has taken any effort to integrate modern and traditional health care system in Ethiopia.

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.59962

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A cross-sectional study pertaining to the practices and perceptions of modern and traditional health practitioners on Traditional Medicine (TM) was carried out from February 25 to April 4, 2008.The results of the study showed that almost all the practitioners in both systems expressed their willingness to collaborate among each other to promote the positive elements of TM. As traditional healing knowledge is still being handed over from one generation to the next, mainly through word of mouth, which will lead to distortion or a total demise of the original knowledge, this report indicates the urgency to document the same. Moreover, the report also implies the need for educating and training the practitioners of the two systems. More also has to be done to create a discussion forum for both modern and TM practitioners, to enable them to share their knowledge. Government support for promotion and development of TM should be considered as a goal to be seriously pursued. The government should also contribute by helping them financially and by arranging training and education for the improvement of the healthcare system given to the public.

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