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Black Fever among the Ethnic Santal People in Bangladesh

1Institute of Environmental Science, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

2Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

3Department of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

4Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

5Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

6Department of Political Science, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh


American Journal of Public Health Research. 2016, Vol. 4 No. 2, 62-68
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-4-2-4
Copyright © 2016 Science and Education Publishing

Cite this paper:
Md. Yeamin Ali, Md. Fakrul Islam, Md. Redwanur Rahman, kazi Robiul Alom, Md. Liton Hossen, Atiqur Rahman, Mahfuza Khanom Sheema, Jesmin Akhtar, Akib Javed, Mst. Rupali Akhtar. Black Fever among the Ethnic Santal People in Bangladesh. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2016; 4(2):62-68. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-4-2-4.

Correspondence to: Md.  Redwanur Rahman, Institute of Environmental Science, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Email: redwan_rahman@lycos.com

Abstract

The study tries to find out the scenario of black fever among the Santal people in Bangladesh. Santal patient health seeking behaviors related with their community people decision, free treatment consideration, preferable healthcare option. Those the entire thing is related with culture. The study is explorative and to some extent descriptive in nature that enforces to adopt mixed with qualitative and quantitative data as well as secondary and primary data. Research shows that 81% patient depend too much on treatment of indigenous physician (Kabiraj). Also barriers of accessing health care are the prevailing factor for health seeking behavior. 92% respondents said awareness and knowledge regarding black fever has too much impact. 43% people are influenced by church and Non-Governmental Organization (N.G.O) during decision making regarding treatment. 54% patients state that, skin turns into more black after taking medicine. Economic condition of lower class people has too much impact on health seeking behavior also. Santal people traditional practice is responsible attacked by black fever. If we will able to conscious ethnic people, dying and suffering regarding black fever will dissolve.

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