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Nangarhar lacks equipment to diagnose, treat cancer

Nangarhar lacks equipment to diagnose, treat cancer

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Feb 06, 2017 - 20:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): There are no equipment to diagnose and treat cancer patients in eastern Nangarhar province, public healthinfo-icon officials said on Monday.

If someone is suspicious of having caught cancer, he/she is sent to a foreign country for diagnosis and examination, they added.

Deputy public health director, Dr. Muqaddisa Miraj on Monday addressed a gathering marking the World Cancer Day at the zonal hospital here.

She said currently the equipment at the hospital’s maternity ward were incomplete, there were also no facilities to diagnose cancer.

However, she said the maternity ward only had a blood-taking instrument and then the blood was sent to the US for testing.

Due to the absence of equipment used to diagnose cancer, it remained unknown how many people were infected with the fatal disease.

Zonal hospital maternity ward in-charge, Dr. Roshan Ahmadi, said they had only one instrument for uterine cancer, whose information was then shared with American doctors for diagnosis and treatment.

She said they took samples of the uterine cancer through the instrument and then the American specialists diagnosed it and suggested its treatment through the internet.

Roshan said this year they sent 100 suspicious womeninfo-icon’s samples, of which three had been diagnosed having the uterine cancer, which they cured as well.

A survey in 2012 puts the number of cancer patients at 20,000, with 15,000 losing their lives. After that survey, no new survey has been conducted on national level so far.

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