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Cancer cases on rise amid crumbling health system

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KABUL: Cancer patients are increasing by the day in Afghanistan as the health system is crumbling because of lack of aid after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Ministry of public health has said the number of patients diagnosed with cancer has increased in state hospitals, adding that 13,500 patients diagnosed with cancer, with 60 per cent female patients have been recorded since the beginning of 2021, local media reported.

The ministry findings show that the most frequent cancer among Afghans is breast cancer for women and oesophagus cancer for men.

According to officials, health care services are deteriorating every day as state hospitals face a lack of medicine and medical equipment.

Officials at the Jamhuriat hospital, a state-owned hospital, said that not only were the patients suffering from cancer, but the total number of patients visiting the hospital, has increased as the Afghan families could not afford to go to private hospitals, reported Tolo News.

They urged the World Health Organization (WHO) and other supporting agencies to assist Afghanistan‘s health centers and hospitals.

While government hospitals face many challenges, most of the patients who are suffering from cancer are concerned about paying for their treatment.

This is as hospitals were giving medicine for free in the past, but there is no free medicine anymore.

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