Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hospital data shows increasing cancer patients in Myanmar

Yangon People’s Hospital

Yangon June 27

Yangon People’s Hospital has seen a significant increase in cancer patients over the past two years. 

According to the records of the hospital, it received over 9,000 cancer patients each in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, most of the patients were suffering from breast cancer and colon cancer. And last year, most of the patients were suffering from colon cancer and cervix cancer.

“Consumption of foodstuffs treated with chemicals and chemical dyes, the changing life styles, as well as drinking and smoking are some of the major causes of cancer,” said an official of the hospital.

According to statistics of World Health Organization (WHO), Myanmar is one of the ten countries with highest cancer prevalence. Last year, the government allocated a fund of Ks-500 million for treatment of cancer patients at Yangon Hospital.

A new cancer ward in the hospital will be completed in October and is planned to be equipped with German-made advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment devices.

The new cancer ward is a fivestorey building, covering an area of 42,072 feet. At present, radiation treatment for cancer sufferers is also provided with linear accelerators at government-run hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Taunggyi apart from Yangon.

Yangon People’s Hospital provides nine basic medicines for free for cancer patients and also provides free special medication for needy patients. From January to April this year, the hospital received over 2,000 cancer patients.


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