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Over 70% Of Surgeries Called Off Due To Covid-19

Over 70% Of Surgeries Called Off Due To Covid-19

Hakim Hassan

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A study conducted by the Academy of Medicine Malaysia’s College of Surgeons (CSAMM) has found out that more than 70% of scheduled medical operations were canceled or postponed due to Covid-19.

It’s revealed that those with benign diseases were the most affected at 81.5% followed by cancer surgeries at 41% and obstetrics at 26.1%.

Globally, around 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide are at risk of being cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

The study also indicated that with each additional week of disruption to hospital services, there will be a further 2.4 million surgery cancellations worldwide.

Researchers predicted that during the height of the coronavirus-related disruption, 72.3% surgeries will be cancelled with most of them being non-cancer patients.

Orthopedic is the non-cancer disease that’s most cancelled worldwide with 6.3 million over a 12-week period while it’s projected 2.3 million cancer surgeries will be called off or postponed globally.


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