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صحت فيچرڈ

پاکستان میں تیزی سے پھیلتا کینسر ہمارے لئے اس وقت صحت کا سب سے بڑا چیلنج ہے: اجمل جامی

پاکستان میں کینسر کو اگر قابو میں نہ لایا گیا تو 2028 تک یہ ملک میں اموات کا سب سے بڑا سبب ہوگا۔ اس وقت سالانہ ساڑھے تین لاکھ کینسر کے نئے مریض سامنے آ رہے ہیں اور اس سے نمٹنے کے لئے ہمیں کیا کیا کرنا ہوگا، اس ویڈیو میں Ajmal Jami بتا رہے ہیں۔

* When we use the word ‘cancer’ in Pakistan,

* it doesn’t mean this disease alone

* but also many other psychological diseases associated with it

* because we all know the kind of impact this word ‘cancer’

* can have on a person living in our society

* There is a reason why cancer is also associated

* with so many other mental illnesses

* But when we discuss Pakistan’s case,

* the situation is extremely critical

* I have done some research on the subject,

* have written about it and intend to write more in future

* According to the data available with us,

* though currently heart diseases cause

* most number of deaths in Pakistan,

* by 2028 if we don’t contain cancer,

* it’ll become the leading cause of deaths in the country

* You can understand how rapidly this disease is spreading

* Some data that I want to share with you says,

* every year over 350,000 new cancer cases are reported

* and it doesn’t include the cases already diagnosed

* Similarly, every year 200,000 Pakistanis die

* due to cancer and 80% of them die

* because they don’t get timely diagnosis

* Then they don’t get proper treatment,

* financial issues arise and then there’s a series of reasons

* why 80 percent of patients don’t get timely treatment

* If we take the data up to 2015

* compiled by a new hospital being made in Lahore,

* and Dr Shehreer is the brain behind it,

* and collaborate this data with Shaukat Khanum’s;

* these are some organizations in Pakistan treating cancer patients

* and also doing research on its spread and how it can be contained;

* this data shows that available facilities in Pakistan

* are disproportionately limited compared with number of patients

* So if I try to sum it all up without going into details,

* Pakistan needs at least 11 new hospitals speicalising in cancer

* so that 350,000 new patients every year can be treated

* Moreover, we also need 7000 new doctors,

* 7000 new beds and 7000 new nurses for this purpose

* Currently we have a total of 12 to 15 hundred beds

* and hardly 250 cancer specialists,

* and nurses specialising in oncology are way too few

* Cancer treatment requires chemotherapy,

* then there’s surgery and final stage is radiotherapy

* So if we talk about radiotherapy, there are only

* five to seven radiation machines operational in Lahore

* In rest of the country, you either have to go to Karachi or Islamabad

* So the plight of cancer patients in Pakistan is alarming

* What we need is to replicate projects like Shaukat Khanum

* so that this rapidly growing disease can be contained

* For, while we start treating the cancer patients,

* a very important aspect is the psychological healing of

* the patient suffering from this disease

* Third and fourth grade patients often fail to get

* proper treatment and they’re often declared untreatable

* We hardly have any palliative care departments in Pakistan

* This department provides care to terminally ill patients

* for whatever life they are left with

* and there are several cases to prove that with proper care

* terminally ill patients can survive for longer periods

* But such a department doesn’t exist in Pakistan

* Then there are certain medicines and injections

* which are extremely expensive

* Government also needs to take steps in this regard

* so that these medicines can become affordable for the patients

* We’ll keep sharing data and findings related to cancer

* in future episodes too

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