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April 19, 2021

Shortage of Ophthalmologist

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An ophthalmologist or eye doctor atthe Port Moresby General Hospital Eye Clinic saysthere is a shortage of ophthalmologists to deal withthe increase in patient numbers.


Ofthe 14 ophthalmologists nationwide, only nine are on active duty.

This downside is affecting operations atthe eye clinic atthe Port Moresby General Hospital.


Dr. Jambi Garap is one of few ophthalmologists working atthe Port Moresby General hospital Eye Clinic.


Apart from her,there are three consultants and four trainees. Bet she says, that is not enough to deal withthe backlog of cases.


On average,the eye clinic receives 45 to 60 patients daily. Annual figures are at 10, 000 patients.


These numbers suggest two things; more doctors are needed andthere is an increase in eye-related diseases.


Many ofthe cases are that of, visual impairmentocataracts and trauma.


Dr. Garap says,they try as much as possible to attend to every patientowiththe limited staff and resources.


She hopes more trainees could jointhe clinic inthe future to solve this problem.


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