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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-65

Surgical outreach as a tertiary hospital's corporate social responsibility: Shall we do more?

1 Department of Surgery, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti; Department of Surgery, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti; Department of Ophthalmology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido–Ekiti, Nigeria
3 Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido –Ekiti; Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
4 Department of Surgery, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria

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Dr. Olakunle Fatai Babalola
Department of Surgery, Federal Teaching Hospital, PMB 201, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/NJM.NJM_136_20

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Introduction: The underserved populations of the rural and suburban communities of developing countries are challenged by the twin hurdles of low-income earning and out-of-pocket payment for surgical care services. This study aims at appraising the process, outcome, and impact of a free surgical outreach programme carried out by a Federal Teaching Hospital in South-western Nigeria. Methods: A free day-case surgical outreach programme was announced through a popular radio jingle for a period of 1 week to attract would-be beneficiaries of the programme. A 2-day screening exercise was conducted by the concerted efforts of various specialists in the department of surgery and ophthalmology to select those who are suitable for day-case surgery. A cross-sectional survey of patients who participated in the 5-day surgical outreach programme was carried out. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on biodata, diagnosis, surgical operations, complications, and level of satisfaction. A 3-point bipolar satisfaction outcome scale was used to assess the level of satisfaction. The data obtained were analyzed using the SPSS software version 20.0. Results: One hundred and fifty-eight patients were screened, but only 124 participated. Ophthalmic cases constituted 60.5%, whereas the rest (39.5%) were non-ophthalmic cases. Patients with cataract were 73 (58.9%) of all the surgical lesions operated during the outreach programme. Two (1.6%) patients with pterygium were the other ophthalmic cases, whereas the non-ophthalmic cases were mainly hernias. A total of 129 surgical operations were performed in the 124 patients, with 5 (0.4%) of them having bilateral cases. One hundred and seventeen patients (94.4%) expressed satisfaction with their experience of the programme. Conclusions: Optimal corporate social responsibility of tertiary hospitals can be performed effectively and satisfactorily through a properly organized surgical outreach.

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