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Table 2 Region (Zoba) wise distribution of OTs (n = 70)

From: Practice scope and job confidence of two-year trained optometry technicians in Eritrea

Current practice Zoba Number of OT (%) Population (%)a OT: population Number of OTs required for the populationb
Maekel 27 (38.5) 675,700 (19) 1:25025 14
Debub 13 (18.6) 952,100 (27) 1:73239 19
Gash Barka 9 (12.9) 708,800 (20) 1:78756 14
North Red Sea 7 (10.0) 653,300 (16) 1:93329 13
South Red Sea 5 (7.1) 83,500 (2) 1:16700 2
Anseba 9 (12.9) 549,000 (16) 1:61000 11
Total 70 (100.0) 3,622,400 (100) 1:51749 73
  1. OT Optometry technician
  2. a2005 estimate
  3. bBased on WHO recommended ratio of 1 refractionist to 50,000 population