Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)
Meeting the primary surgical needs of the rural poor in General Hospital, Vandeikya, Beneue State: The role of Family Physician led primary care teams
Author(s): Igbudu T J, Gyuse AN, Egwuda L, Tor-Anyiin I, Mue DD, Bako IA
Abstract: Background: Majority of the global population live in the rural communities and such communities in the third world are relatively poor with limited access to surgical care. Materials and Methods: This was a cross sectional descriptive study of patients with surgical conditions in resource-constrained rural communities of Benue State. Results: Of 59 patients recruited, the age group with more morbidities was 41-50 years. Most frequently performed procedure were herniorrhaphies 27 (45.8%) amongst lump excision (including cysts) 14 (23.7%), hydrocelectomies 8 (13.6%) and appendectomies 6 (10.2%). Others included herniotomies 2 (3.4%), Orchidectomy 1 (1.7%) and varicocelectomy 1(1.7%). About 54 (91.5%) of the cases were done under local anesthesia. Conclusion: The commonest surgical conditions were hernias and lumps (lipomas). Periodic medical outreaches by Family Physicians provide a unique alternative opportunity for these resource constrained communities to access health care at a relatively reduced cost.
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