Surgery death rates in Africa are twice global average: study

The risk of dying from scheduled surgery in Africa is more than double the global average. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In the case of elective surgery — operations that are scheduled in advance and do not involve a medical emergency — the death rate was 1.0 percent, compared with 0.5 percent in the global average.
  • The paper, published in The Lancet medical journal, is described as the deepest and widest probe into surgery across Africa.
  • It brought together more than 30 researchers who trawled through data from 247 hospitals in 25 countries.

The risk of dying from scheduled surgery in Africa is more than double the global average, researchers said on Wednesday, in a study shedding light on one of the continent's biggest but poorly investigated healthcare problems.

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