A recent study using data from the MDS showed that in 2010, 72000 people in the country died because of acute abdominal conditions: illnesses like peptic ulcers, appendicitis, and hernias that need urgent surgery. Of these deaths, 87% occur in rural areas, and the vast majority occurs at home, where patients do not receive care and die in agony. If treated promptly, these conditions are usually surgically curable.
Dr Joshua Ng-Kamstra
General Surgery resident at the University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Joshua Ng-Kamstra is a General Surgery resident at the University of Toronto, Canada and has an MPH from Harvard University.
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