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Table 2 Percentage distribution of the respondents’ attitude on why people visit THPs

From: Traditional medicine among the community of Gash-Barka region, Eritrea: attitude, societal dependence, and pattern of use

Reason Number of respondents Percentage
Religious or cultural conviction 87 44.6
TM is more effective & safer than conventional medicine 57 29.3
Lack of awareness towards the safety of TM and/or conventional medicine 33 17.1
When the respondents were told that their case could not be treated with conventional medicine 31 15.9
TM is more accessible than conventional medicine 29 14.7
TM is more affordable than conventional medicine 18 9.0
Fear of side effects from conventional medicine 6 3.0
Other reasons 14 7.1
Don’t know 10 5.0