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|Title: ||The effect of certified Herbal Medicines non-Inclusion in the NHIS on health care delivery within the Kumasi Metropolis|
|Authors: ||Nketia, Anthony|
|Keywords: ||Herbal Medicine|
|Issue Date: ||9-Nov-2020|
|Abstract: ||Background: Herbal medicine, the most prevalent form of complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM), is highly utilized in many countries across the globe. A very large
percentage of Africans rely on herbal medicine to meet their primary health needs. In Ghana,
herbal medicine has been integrated into the mainstream of health care delivery since 2011.
Though eight years into the integration process, not a single certified herbal drug dispensed to
clients patronizing the services of the herbal unit at government hospitals is covered by the
Objectives: To assess the effect of certified Herbal Medicines non-inclusion in the NHIS on
health care delivery within the Kumasi Metropolis.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from July to August, 2019. Primary data
was collected from four hundred and thirteen participants using semi-structured
questionnaires. Purposive and convenience sampling technique were used to select the
Results: Majority of the study respondents were females (54.0%) and the median age was 35
years. It was ascertained that 80.9% of the respondents interviewed preferred HM to OM.
Factors established to influence preference of HM to OM were occupation, nature/severity of
condition and cost of certified herbal drugs dispensed at the herbal unit. A little above half
(51.5%) of the respondents described the cost of certified herbal drugs dispensed at the herbal
unit as very expensive. As many as 72.1% of the respondents also believed that the cost of
certified herbal drugs adversely affect the utilization of the herbal unit at government
hospitals. A positive correlation coefficient (r = 0.5498) was obtained for respondents’ rating
of cost of certified herbal drugs dispensed at herbal unit within government hospitals and its
adverse effect on utilization of the herbal unit. Interestingly, 99.5% of respondentsvi
recommended for the inclusion of certified herbal drugs in the National Health Insurance
Drug List (NHIDL).
Conclusion: The study brings to light that the cost of certified herbal medicines negatively
affects the utilization of the services provided by the herbal unit at government hospitals. It
is, to improve the extent of utilization of the herbal units, necessary for certified herbal drugs
dispensed at these units to be included in the NHIDL of the country.|
|Description: ||A thesis submitted to the Department of Health Promotion and
Education, College of Health Sciences, School of Public
Health, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the
Award of the Degree of Master of Public Health in Health
Promotion and Education. October, 2019|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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