|Author(s):||C. Tabatabay*1, A. Fong2, B. Gruson2|
|Affiliation(s):||1Medical practice, 2University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland|
Ophthalmology, cataract, humanitarian, teaching, eye, surgery, Mauritius, competence, waiting list, Moka Hospital
1 – The only ophthalmic hospital in Mauritius lies in Moka and has a large surgical activity including about 2500 inpatient cataract operations per year in two operating rooms out of the three existing ones. But there was a waiting list of about 3500 cases which represented a waiting period of over one and a half years.
We have set two major objectives for our missions in Mauritius concerning cataract surgery:
The surgical transfer of competence for cataract surgery has started in January 2006 and was at its stage of initiation with teaching surgical techniques during one year. The next stage was progressive handover by the training team to local surgeons in a step by step approach during the surgical procedure during 2007. The waiting list has dropped from 3500 to 2500 within 4 months (reference: Medical Hospital Moka, 2008).
1 – The ophthalmic surgeon has to be mostly dedicated to his continual learning in modern cataract surgery. This better use of the specialist staff is the only possibility for Moka to catch up with the huge cataract waiting list.