ABSTRACT Objective: It is to analyse the perceptions and representations of diabetes with alternative medicine in the Yeminkol culture of Soa, Centre Region of Cameroon. Methods: The study is purely qualitative with interviews administered individually at the respondents' homes simultaneously in the cities of Yaoundé and SOA in March 2020. The sample size consisted of ten informants: two health professionals, three radiotherapists, five members of the community predominantly former patients until saturation, i.e. until no new information was available, and sources of potential variation properly explored. Results: Representations and perceptions of diabetes in the Soa's Yeminkol socio-culture focused on the community member's knowledge of diabetes. It is anthropology of the inner body showing it works when it is healthy and how it works when it is unhealthy. Conclusion: In Yeminkol's socio-culture, each member of the community perceives and represents diabetes by referring to the cultural patterns of the society to which he belongs. He gives opinions on the history, origin, causes, and therapeutic routes. The perceptions and representations that diabetics have in this cultural universe are a concern because there is the refusal to accept this pathology thereby explaining the failure of medical care.
ABSTRACT The dynamic environment and the capability of information systems is one of the challenges companies face in order to achieve effective performance. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of Management Information Systems agility on the performance of commercial banks in Nairobi city County, Kenya. Commercial banks in Nairobi County have been performing poorly because of poor service quality, insufficient ICT literacy of bank employees, information system insecurity, inadequate information storage and government regulations. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of service quality, ICT literacy, system security and information storage on the performance of commercial banks in Nairobi County Kenya. The target population was 430 employees from 43 commercial banks in Nairobi County Kenya. Purposive sampling was used to draw a sample size of 86 ICT specialists as respondents. Primary data was collected through questionnaires. Data was analyzed using descriptive, relational, and inferential analysis especially use of regression model. The study found out that service quality, ICT literacy, system security, information storage were significant and had positive effect on performance of commercial banks. The study concluded that management information system agility has influence on the performance of commercial banks. The study recommended that commercial banks should formulate strategies that will enhance performance of commercial banks based on service quality, ICT literacy, systems security and information storage in their organizations.
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