Herbal Medicine Centre, Techiman

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It is an undeniable fact that, the time has come in the history of medicine for developing countries like Ghana to find alternative drugs from local materials so as to cut down on the huge foreign exchange spent on orthodox drugs, and also reduces their incidence of promoting further diseases instead of curing them. Thus, the idea of some individuals arid, certain Health Organisations in seeking to promote the research and development of herbal or plant medicine is something worth embracing. This thesis sets out to examine the concept of healing by the use of herbs. The outcome of the findings will serve as the basis for the design of the proposed centre. The content of the dissertation is briefly outlined a follows: The first chapter deals with a general introduction, the problems at stake with respect to traditional medicine and the clients’ development intentions, chapters two and three looked at herbalism as an aspect of fringe medicine and also traditional African medicine in its totality, drawing out certain distinctions in the latter. The fourth chapter considers the case for the intermarriage of traditional and orthodox medicine, citing the merits and demerits in each, and typical experiences in other cultures. Case Studies to guide evolve a comprehensive Design brief is what the fifth chapter deals with; the detail design brief followed in the next chapter. As a guide in spatial determination and planning, some relevant areas of technical studies and design considerations were looked into in the seventh and eighth chapters. Chapters nine arid ten contain an evaluation of the survey area, site selection and planning, followed by eleventh chapter which is devoted to the actual design process. This chapter has description of the various units required at the proposed centre for the research and production of prototypes of herbal medicine - A clinical unit with an adjacent Administration block; Research Laboratories and. production unit tucked away and welfare block centred in the developments. Supporting units are so located close to areas they are fictionally needed. Due to the nature of the project, a programme of development has been drawn out on phasing in the last chapter. The conclusion and recommendations of the author’s view of the thesis research are also stated in this chapter.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1986