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SELF-MEDICATION PRACTICES AMONG SECURITY PERSONNEL WORKING IN THE MAIN CAMPUS OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA, NIGERIA

Observations have shown that self-medication
practice is on the increase thus significantly
negatively affecting the growth and dynamism of
the health in Nigeria. The study therefore sets out
to examine the practices of self-medication among
security personnel in Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Descriptive cross sectional research design was adopted for the
study. The instrument used for data collection was
a self-developed structured questionnaire with a
reliability score of 0.76. Stratified random
sampling technique was used to select 200
respondents. 200 questionnaires were distributed
to respondents and 190 questionnaires were
successfully retrieved and analyzed with SPSS
version 23 and the result presented in tables,
percentages and frequencies. The study reveals
that majority of the respondents are practicing
self-medication and the prevalence rate is high.
Our findings show that the most commonly used
drugs in self-medication are paracetamol, antimalarial and flagyl (metronidazole), septrin and
cough syrup. These drugs are found to
significantly affect users negatively. The study
therefore recommends that the university
authorities should collaborate with relevant Non-Governmental organizations to conduct
orientation/awareness programmes on the
dangers of self-medication practices in the
community

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