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Indigenous Language Media, Communication, and Sickle Cell Disorder: Peculiarities of Indigenous Language Media in Tackling Misconceptions of Sickle Cell Disorder

Indigenous Language Media, Communication, and Sickle Cell Disorder: Peculiarities of Indigenous Language Media in Tackling Misconceptions of Sickle Cell Disorder
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Author(s): Opeyemi Olaoluwa Oredola (Covenant University, Nigeria), Kehinde Opeyemi Oyesomi (Covenant University, Nigeria) and Ada Sonia Peter (Covenant University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 20
Source title: Research Anthology on Improving Health Literacy Through Patient Communication and Mass Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2414-8.ch004

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Abstract

The importance of health communication and information cannot be over emphasized especially with issues related to sickle cell disorder. Sickle cell disorder, common among Africans, has a lot of myths and misconceptions tied to it, so this chapter unearths and explores how indigenous communication can facilitate learning and understanding of the disorder majorly in rural areas and some urban areas where knowledge of the disorder is assessed low using the focus group discussion. It also reveals the importance of incorporating indigenous language and communication techniques in increasing awareness and eradicating stereotypes as regards sickle cell disorder. The findings of this chapter reflect that misinformation occurs due to lack of proper understanding of language used in sickle cell health communication-related issues. Hence, this chapter proposes that health education about the concept of SCD should be executed majorly in indigenous languages and through the indigenous media platforms.

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