Seven out of 10 surgeries scheduled in Malaysia have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent study has revealed.

The CovidSurg Collaborative study, which was done by the Academy of Medicine Malaysia's College of Surgeons (CSAMM), in collaboration with the UK's University of Birmingham, revealed the surgery cancellation rate of 70.9%.

According to the study, the most affected were surgeries for benign diseases, at 81.5%, followed by cancer surgery at 41%, and obstetrics at 26.1%.

The research surveyed 359 hospitals from 71 countries, including Malaysia, on plans for cancellation of elective surgeries.

Based on a 12-week peak COVID-19 related disruption to hospital services, the research projected some 28.4 million elective surgeries worldwide, are at the risk of cancellation or postponement this year.

The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, also said that each additional week of disruption to hospital services will case a further 2.4 million surgery cancellations.

This causes longer wait for patients to have their medical conditions resolved, and even death, in cases involving cancer.

Thus, CSAMM president Dr April Camilla Roslani, in a statement said that the academy has provided regular guidance to its members on tailoring the delivery of surgical services while avoiding a complete shutdown of elective surgeries nationally.

According to her, inter-hospital collaboration between the public and provate sectors have also been instrumental in mitigating the disruption to surgical services.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to wreak havoc all over the world.

In Malaysia, 6,819 people have been infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and 112 people have died from it.

Globally, the infection tally has surpassed 4.5 million and over 303,000 people have died from the virus.

Source: The Star, Malay Mail
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