Ophthalmologist Shortage Hits Ogun Hospital

Patients suffering from eyes problems including blindness and visual impairment are now finding it difficult to get treatment in Ogun State public hospitals.

The situation is blamed on the acute shortage of ophthalmologists in the hospitals.

Rockcity FM news visit to some of the hospitals shows that the affected patients spent hours waiting endlessly for ophthalmologists, who are either busy attending to other patients, or have another official duty to attend to.

Findings by Rockcity FM news, shows that the public hospitals have only four ophthalmologists, one each in the Abeokuta, Ijebu-ode, Ilaro and Ota state hospitals.

Out of the four ophthalmologists, two of them are medical directors, including a director in the State Hospital Management Board.

Only one of the four is a full time ophthalmologist.

Whenever any of three ophthalmologists on management levels are engaged with other administrative duties, patients will have to wait longer or have their appointments rescheduled.

Findings also shows that the some of the equipment in the hospitals, such as retinal camera, phoropter, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, slit lamp, tonometer among others are obsolete.

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