Local Understanding of Microbial Infections and the Implication on Care of Coronavirus and Disease

Local Understanding of Microbial Infections and the Implication on Care of Coronavirus and Disease

Aderemi Suleiman Ajala, Kayode Akinsete, Idayat T. Gbadamosi, Sam.K, Olaleye

University of Ibadan

Local categorization of illness and disease can form insight on the understanding of people’s behaviour and attitudes towards microbial infections and how such implicates Coronavirus and disease COVID-19. Relying on data generated through rapid research approach in some Yorùbá cities of southwestern Nigeria, where phoning, WhatsApp, Facebook, quick in-depth interviews, ethnobotanical survey/analysis of some anti-microbial herbs and case analysis were held. The study reveals local understanding of microbial infection and the opposing and contrasting perceptions of COVID-19, which informs different regimes of care and prevention. Such includes non-categorization of microbial infections into viral, bacterial and fungi; biomedical against preternatural causation and utilization of local herbs versus globalised western health care strategies. The study therefore suggests that within the context of globalised health culture accommodation of local traditions is imperative in proper understanding and invention of care and preventive strategies against COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; Yorùbá of southwest Nigeria; Local perception; globalised health behaviours; biomedical and preternatural causation.

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Aderemi Suleiman Ajala, Kayode Akinsete, Idayat T. Gbadamosi, Sam.K, Olaleye. Local Understanding of Microbial Infections and the Implication on Care of Coronavirus and Disease. Journal of Herbal Medicine Research, 2020,5:42.


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