Research Article Volume 5 Issue 9

An Ontology Model for Herbal healthcare Delivery in Southwestern Nigeria

Ogirima SAO1*, Arulogun OT2, Awode TR2 and Adigun EB1

1Department of Information Systems, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
2Open an Distance Learning, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Ogirima SAO, Department of Information Systems, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.

Received: September 21, 2023; Published: September 30, 2023


Herbal medicine is holistic that addresses issues of the soul, spirit, and body. Easily accessible to most people in the southwestern Nigeria and it is very cheap in the rural areas. It consistently played a major role not only in Southwestern Nigeria but global healthcare, due to its indigenous natural history, easy access, and cost effectiveness. Herbal medicine (also known as botanical medicine) utilizes any of a plant's part such as leaves, seeds, roots, stems, flowers, fruits, bulbs, bark, tubers, rhizomes, gums, exudates, and nectars to promote health, prevent disease and treat illnesses. However, knowledge of this intellectual property is in danger of being lost when the herbal practitioners or healers are dead. It is either undocumented or documented. If documented, it is inaccessible, in local languages, non-standardized, and diverse. In healthcare delivery there is need to have detailed health information for proper understanding among the stakeholders on healthcare informatics terms used. Following this direction, this research work suggests a way to support the designing an ontology web-based application system that lessens this gap, using knowledge management and semantic structure. The application system is based on the development of a stakeholder medical forms concept which will be integrated with domain ontology into a herbal medicine ontology repository. This will support stakeholders’ healthcare application system in providing numerous knowledge services to help herbal practitioners (professionals) in accessing and managing healthcare data.

Keywords: DSS; Herbal Healthcare Delivery; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Knowledge Repository; Ontology Model; Southwestern Nigeria


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Citation: Ogirima SAO., et al. “An Ontology Model for Herbal healthcare Delivery in Southwestern Nigeria".Acta Scientific Computer Sciences 5.10 (2023): 14-25.


Copyright: © 2023 Ogirima SAO., 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.


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