Factors Influencing the Practice of Self-Medication among Bankers in Selected New Generation Banks in Ilorin NigeriaJoseph A Oluyemi1*, Muhammed A Yinusa1, Raji Abdullateef1, Akoh Sunday1 and Kadiri Kehinde2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Joseph A. Oluyemi
Department of Sociology
University of Ilorin, P.M.B. 1515
Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 03, 2014; Accepted date: January 27, 2015; Published date: February 04, 2015
Citation: Oluyemi JA, Yinusa MA, Abdullateef R, Sunday A, Kehinde K (2015) Factors Influencing the Practice of Self-Medication among Bankers in Selected New Generation Banks in Ilorin Nigeria. Int J Econ Manag Sci 4:227. doi:10.4172/2162-6359.1000227
Copyright: © 2015 Oluyemi JA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The irrational use of drugs often referred to as Self-medication, is fast becoming a global issue affecting all works life, including the Nigerian Banking Industry. This study aims at investigating the factors responsible for the practice of self medication among bankers in Ilorin, north central region of Nigeria. The study was conducted in five new generation banks in Ilorin, namely: Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank. Information was gathered through questionnaire administration and a total of 240 bankers were included in the study. The data was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 17.0. The study made use of tables, simple percentage and chats to present the data retrieved from the field. Major factors influencing the practice of self-medication as revealed in the study include: busy nature of job (64%), knowledge of drug to take (91%), nature of sickness (85%), seriousness of the sickness (82%) and faster relief from sickness (46%). The practice of self medication is also affected by respondents’ age, work duration, annual income and business unit as test of associations were statistically significant (p<0.05). Stiffer government regulation remains the way out of this practice in the banking industry in Nigeria and the Nigerian society at large.