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Utilisation of public eye care services by the rural community residents in the Capricorn district, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Mologadi D. Ntsoane, Olalekan A. Oduntan, Benjamin L. Mpolokeng
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 4, No 1 | a412 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v4i1.412 | © 2012 Mologadi D. Ntsoane, Olalekan A. Oduntan, Benjamin L. Mpolokeng | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 January 2012 | Published: 05 October 2012

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Mologadi D. Ntsoane, Public Health Department, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Olalekan A. Oduntan, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Benjamin L. Mpolokeng, Public Health Department, University of Limpopo, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Visual impairment and blindness are major health problems worldwide, especially in the rural and remote areas of developing countries. Utilisation of eye care services is essential to reduce the burden of visual impairment and blindness, and it is therefore important that it is monitored.

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine the level of utilisation of public eye care services and factors that might have influenced their usage in rural communities, Capricorn district, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Method: A population-based cross-sectional study design was used. Participants were residents in selected rural villages located within approximately 5 km of six Government hospitals. Following ethical approval and receipt of informed consent, a questionnaire with closed and open-ended questions was used to collect information on the utilisation of eye care services and factors that might influence utilisation. Descriptive statistics and Pearson’s Chisquare test were used to analyse and compare the data.

Results: Many (62.7%) of the respondents had used the government eye care services in the past. Over fifty-nine per cent (59.3%) of them were satisfied with the services. Factors reported to influence utilisation (such as monthly income, knowledge of available services and the need for regular eye tests) were positively associated with utilisation of eye care services in this study (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: Utilisation of eye care services was relatively good, but varied significantly between sites. An awareness campaign by government and non-governmental organisations about eye care services may increase utilisation amongst rural communities.


Keywords

eye care services; utilisation; rural areas; Capricorn district

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