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Title: Assessment of availability, awareness and perception of stakeholders regarding preschool vision screening in Kumasi, Ghana: An exploratory study
Authors: Akuffo, Kwadwo Owusu
Abdul-Kabir, Mohammed
Agyei-Manu, Eldad
Tsiquaye, Josiah Henry
Christine Karikari Darko, Christine Karikari
Addo, Emmanuel Kofi
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2020
Publisher: Plos One
Citation: Akuffo KO, Abdul-Kabir M, Agyei-Manu E, Tsiquaye JH, Darko CK, Addo EK (2020) Assessment of availability, awareness and perception of stakeholders regarding preschool vision screening in Kumasi, Ghana: An exploratory study. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230117. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0230117
Abstract: Background: Regardless of the importance of preschool vision screening (PSVS), there is limited data on the current state of these programs in Africa (particularly Ghana). This study sought to investigate the level of awareness and perception of stakeholders regarding PSVS, its availability and related policies/programmes in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study included 100 systematically sampled preschools in the metropolis (using probability proportional-to-size method); 72 private schools and 28 public schools. Convenience sampling was used to recruit stakeholders of preschools (teachers, head teachers, proprietors, administrators, directors, and educationists), and were interviewed using a well-structured questionnaire. Questionnaires were administered to all eligible respondents who were present at the time of data collection. Results: A total of 344 respondents participated in the stud:y; 123 (35.8%) males and 221 (64.2%) females. The overall mean age of respondents was 37.63 ±12.20 years (18–71 years). Of the respondents, 215 (62.5%), 94 (27.3%), and 35 (10.2%) were enrolled from private schools, public schools, and Metropolitan Education Directorate, respectively. 73.8% of respondents reported the absence of routine PSVS in schools whereas 90.1% reported no written policies for PSVS in schools. Only 63.6% of respondents were aware of PSVS whereas more than half (59.6%) of all respondents perceived PSVS to be very important for preschoolers. Private school ownership was significantly associated with availability of PSVS whereas age, teachers, private school ownership, and preschool experience > 10 years were significantly associated with awareness of PSVS (P < 0.05). However, there was no significant association between sociodemographic factors and perception of PSVS.
Description: An article by Akuffo KO, Abdul-Kabir M, Agyei-Manu E, Tsiquaye JH, Darko CK, Addo EK (2020) Assessment of availability, awareness and perception of stakeholders regarding preschool vision screening in Kumasi, Ghana: An exploratory study. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230117. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0230117
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12993
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