'Twice as many die' in Africa after surgery

From BBC - January 4, 2018

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say.

But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery - surgery that is scheduled in advance.

The number of these operations is 20 times lower than the demand, the study in the Lancet medical journal says.

They call the deficit a "silent killer".

Prof Bruce Biccard, a co-author of the study from the University of Cape Town, told The Guardian the main problem was a lack of medical staff to spot complications after the surgery.


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