Help Wanted in the OR

In a public hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, physician Anna Budde witnessed an appendicitis patient writhing in pain for 6 days until the city’s lone anesthesiologist was available for surgery. Budde underscores an astonishing statistic: 5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgery and anesthesia, according to an April 2015 Lancet Commission on Global Surgery report.
Budde says operating space and equipment are all well and good, but they aren’t worth much without skilled professionals to use them. Global efforts, she believes, should focus on training more surgeons and anesthesiologists.
Source: Global Health Hub

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