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Knowledge, attitudes and eye care seeking practices regarding trachoma in Central Division of Kajiado County, Kenya

Arthur S. Ng'etich, Claudio Owino, Ahmad Juma, Kevin N. Khisa
  • Arthur S. Ng'etich
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Moi University, Kenya | arthursaitabau@yahoo.com
  • Claudio Owino
    Department of Surgery and Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Moi University, Kenya
  • Ahmad Juma
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Moi University, Kenya
  • Kevin N. Khisa
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Moi University, Kenya

Abstract

Trachoma is responsible for the visual impairment of about two million people worldwide, out of which a majority are irreversibly blind. The study aimed to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes and eye care seeking practices of the community regarding the available trachoma eye care services. Community members aged eighteen and over participated. Descriptive cross-sectional study design was adapted. Data analysis was performed using Stata. The level of awareness of trachoma disease in the study area was high (95%). About three quarters (71%) of the respondents were knowledgeable of the available trachoma eye care services. A majority had a positive attitude towards the available services and expressed need for the services. Public health facilities were mostly preferred. The study concluded that the community was knowledgeable of the available trachoma eye care services and had a positive attitude towards the services. Concerned stakeholders should reinforce the positive attitudes through community based educational programs and improve eye care seeking practices through community participation in education and outreach services.

Keywords

Trachoma; eye care services; knowledge; attitudes; eye care seeking practices

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