Five million people worldwide lack access to basic surgical facilities

November 1, 2017

About five million people around the world are still yet to have access to basic surgical facilities, says vascular surgeon of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid.

Dr Hanafiah, who was recently awarded fellowship by the American College of Surgeons, said the issue was among the topics discussed during the College’s 2017 Annual Clinical Congress held in San Diego, United States last week.

“Among those who do not have access to basic surgery include the Africans, as well as some residents in the ASEAN region such as in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar,” he said.
He said although surgical technology was growing fast, there were still many people around the world who could not afford the same basic surgical treatment as in developed countries.

“Many are still exposed fatally due to basic but untreated illnesses, trauma due to accidents and have no immediate surgical facilities,” he said.


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