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Self-medication; an Important Aspect of Primary Health Care in Shankalay Kyun Village, Mandalay Region, Myanmar
- This study was done to find out an important aspect of self-medication in the context of primary healthcare in Shan Kalay Kyun Village. In 2001, villagers went to China for their survival as craftsmen. They got access to technologies which they have applied. Now they have established the home industry of wood sculpture and bronze ware in their village for over two years. Consequently, this paper discusses the primary healthcare system for the common diseases according to their economic and lifestyle changes. Most of the people over 40 are suffering from high blood pressure, and a few of them have diseases related to the sensory system. Cough, skin diseases, and body aches are common to everyone. The majority of the people suffer from flus seasonally. People did not use to go to medical clinics or hospitals. They had financial problems in receiving medical treatments and some of them did not even consider that they should seek medical treatments from professionals. Some of them had no time to see the doctors. They relied on traditional medicines for their health. At present, although the village has one public clinic and two private clinics, the people rely mostly on modern medicines and herbal medicines that are available at the village’s retail shops when they experience fever, pain, and minor high blood pressure. Some of them use traditional herbal medicines made at home. They prefer to get a massage when they have aches. Some even consult with spirit-mediums and make offering to traditional spirits. The people do not usually go to the hospitals or clinics for regular medical check-ups. Despite the fact that the economic situation at the village has improved, the people still lack knowledge on proper healthcare. In doing field research, a community-based ethnographic research design was carried out by collecting data on socio-demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, and practice of self-medication related to Shan records are 463 pages of Royal Orders for passed by Kon-baung Kings (1752-1885). Their ruled for 130 years and most of the orders for Shan State he passed were more or less routine. They tell us nothing but the king’s conduct of detailed.
Nyunt Nyunt Win
- Conference Paper
- Collaborative research, ICBMSI, 24-26 July, Chaing Mai University