Repositioning, Reclaiming and Rejuvenating the Niche of Traditional Practitioners in the Face of Modernization in Selected African Countries
AbstractThe aim of this article is, through a systematic review of literature, to elicit debate and discourse on advocating for the repositioning, reclaiming and rejuvenating the niche of traditional practitioners in societies. Findings indicate that traditional practitioners fill in important health and medical gaps; achieve important healing processes; constitute invaluable tasks such as facilitating children delivery; strengthen health and medical services through collaborative efforts and integration with modern biomedical practitioners. However, they are also retrogressive or perfidious in some instances when they carry out harmful tasks to people. The article recommends collaboration between the traditional practitioners and the modern biomedical practitioners; harmful practitioners to be discouraged societies; an examination of the pros and cons of the practitioners; traditional practitioners to be flexible, and accommodative of other current technologies and ideologies; Traditional practitioners to specialize and drop their versatile approach to treatment; Government to pass a bill providing for traditional practitioners licensing and control; and governments to offer goodwill to allow traditional practitioners growth and their integration with modern practitioners.
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