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INDEPTH: Kenyans at home with traditional healers, herbalists - 12 months ago, 16 Apr 21:37

Timothy Odinga

The diagnostic services provided in most hospitals remain too costly for most families, pushing them to seek alternatives from herbalists and traditional medicine men. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) survey showed that nationally, only 28.3 per cent of the population with sickness or injury visited professional workers at a health facility for diagnosis or ailment. Contrastingly, diagnosis by a traditional healer and herbalist was reported by 31.4 per cent and 26.3 per cent, respectively, of the population with sickness or injury. Traditional healers were most sought in West Pokot (75.5 per cent), Siaya (58.8 per cent), Migori (57.4 per cent), Kisumu (56.9 per cent) and Vihiga (52.8 per cent). Herbalists carried out most of the diagnosis in Kakamega (46.2 per cent), Nakuru (44.6 per cent), Nyeri (43.1 per cent), Nandi (39.4 per cent) and Kiambu (38 per cent). “The results show that a higher proportion of the urban ...
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