Self-Medication in Africa during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Zainab Ismail Menoufia University Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia, Egypt
  • Anmol Mohan Karachi Medical and Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Christophe Ngendahayo Mount Kenya University, School of Public Health
  • Abdullahi Tunde Aborode Healthy Africans Platform, Research and Development, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Arooj Abid Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab, Pakistan
  • Ana Carla dos Santos Costa Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Shoaib Ahmad Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Mohammad Yasir Essar Kateb University

Abstract

Self-medication is known as “the usage of drugs, herbs or home remedies on one’s own initiative, or on the advice of another person, without consulting a doctor’. In Africa, self-medication has reached a critical stage, with people using and taking any drug regardless of how poisonous the material may be as long as unprofessional suggestions advocate it as a solution to their health problem. In this article, we looked at the consequences, effects, and recommendations for reducing the use of self-medication as a habit among Africans.

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Dates
Received 2021-06-21
Accepted 2021-07-06
Published 2021-09-22
Section
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research