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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 408-414

Poor cataract surgical output: Eye care workers perspective in north central Nigeria


1 Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State, Nigeria
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

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F G Adepoju
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ilorin/Teaching Hospital, P.M.B 2459, Ilorin
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.104513

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Background: Cataract remains a disease of priority being the leading cause of blindness globally. Although surgically curable, cataract surgical output has remained low in Nigeria, Kwara state inclusive. A study was carried out to investigate the perception of eye care workers (ECW) on low surgical output and their adjudged reasons; this has hitherto not being evaluated. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative survey with the aid of pretested structured questionnaire of all ECW and qualitative survey using in-depth interview on selected workers in Kwara State, Nigeria was done. Results: A total of 142 out of the 157 ECWs (90.5%) working in the 14 surgical eye centers in the state were interviewed with a mean age of 40.37 years, SD ± 8.67. There were 94 (66.2%) females, with a female to male ratio of 2:1. 91 (64.1%) participants were of the opinion that the numbers of cataract surgeries in the state were inadequate. Hospital-based and human resource efficiency-related issues such as long clinic waiting time, multiple paying and procedural sites, poor staff mix, and gaps in available human resource were the major reasons given for low cataract output. Others reasons were high cost and fear of surgery, distance of eye clinics from patients. Conclusions: Regular operational researches, proper deployment, and efficient use of human and material resources in addition to subsidized cost and appropriate health education to allay fear of surgery are steps that could enhance cataract surgical output.


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