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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-92

Evaluating resource for cataract surgical services in Kebbi, Nigeria

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Abuja, Nigeria
2 Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, PMB 117, Abuja, Nigeria

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Dr. Abdulkabir Ayansiji Ayanniyi
Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, Pmb 117, Abuja
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_47_17

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CONTEXT: Cataract is the most common cause of blindness worldwide. Meeting World Health Organization Vision 2020 cataract surgical rate target for Africa remains a dream. Inadequate resource to deliver quality cataract services is burdensome. AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate the resource for cataract services in Kebbi, Nigeria. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A descriptive and analytic cross-sectional study using a quantitative questionnaire. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Four-year-period (2012–2015) information on, among others, available resources for cataract services was obtained from all the hospitals offering cataract surgical services in Kebbi. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: The data were double entered into Excel spread sheet and later exported onto and analyzed by STATA 14. The analysis was done using simple frequency proportions and is presented as tables, charts, and graphs. RESULTS: Only 71 eye care workers were involved in the delivery of eye care services including cataract service in Kebbi with over 4 million people. The equipment required for effective services delivery was at the minimum. CONCLUSIONS: There were inadequate, poorly mixed, and lopsided resources for cataract services delivery in Kebbi. The need to improving resource for quality cataract service delivery in Kebbi toward meeting Vision 2020 target underscored.

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