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Tracing children with blindness and visual impairment using the key informant survey in a district of north-western Nigeria

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Author(s): Muhammad Nasiru | Maishanu Nuhu | Jabo Aliyu | Rabiu Mansur

Journal: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
ISSN 0974-9233

Volume: 17;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 330;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Childhood Blindness | Eyecare Program | Inclusive Education | Key Informant Survey | Nigeria | Prevention of Blindness Program

ABSTRACT
Purpose: To identify children with irreversible blindness in a district of northern Nigeria for enrolment into an inclusive education pilot project. Materials and Methods: Using key informants (KIs) working and residing within the communities, children with blindness and visual impairment in Gwadabawa local government area (LGA) were identified and then examined by a team of ophthalmologists/optometrists. Data analysis was performed manually using simple percentages and proportions. Results: Sixty children were reported with visual problems by parents/guardians of whom 58 (97%) were examined. Twenty children (35%) were blind, 17 (29%) were irreversibly blind, and 9 (16%) had low vision (
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