Spatial Fixity in Patronage of Traditional Medicine in Kaduna State, Nigeria
This paper present result on the spatial fixity in Patronage of Traditional Medicine in Kaduna State Nigeria. The aim of the study is to analyze the spatial fixity in patronage of traditional medicine in Kaduna state. Data from the study was derived from the administration of a structured Questionnaire and data from herbal medicine clinic. Data were collected from a questionnaire survey of a sample of 400 respondents of the study area. Descriptive statistics were the techniques used to summarize the data and test the hypotheses. The total number of patronage received during this period (15years) showed that Zaria recorded the highest level of patronage with total patronage of 43,530(34.5%) persons; this was closely followed by Zangon-Kataf with 43,095(34.2%) persons, while Igabi had the lowest of 39,398(31.3%) persons. It has it that in 2001, 1,231 people patronized TM in Zaria, while in Igabi and Zangon-Kataf, 1, 459 and 986 people patronize TM respectively. As a result of the increase in the demand for TM, the trend experienced a continuous increase in the three selected areas. This is so as the number of patronage (people that patronize) increase from 1,231 in 2001 in Zaria to 2,759 in 2005 representing 124.1% increase. Similar increase was observed in Igabi and Zangon-Kataf with 314 and 1,672 persons added to the initial number of patronage representing 20.3% and 169.6% increase in the number of patronage respectively. As can be observed, the patronage of TM increased sharply in five years in Zangon-Kataf. Also, from 2005 to 2015, the level of patronage varied among the three areas with Zaria recording 41.2% increase; Igabi recorded 114.6% while Zangon-Kataf recorded 48.1% increase in the level of patronage.