Malaysia continues free surgical treatments for needy patients

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A medical team from Malaysia is continuing a program this year to provide free surgical treatment to needy Myanmar patients with serious heart disease.
The National Heart Institute of Malaysia-IJN is now in discussion with the Ministry of Health to perform operations at hospitals under the ministry, especially Yankin Children’s Hospital (YCH) and Yangon General Hospital, an IJN official said, with the project “expected to be implemented in the middle of the year.”
The medical team performed life-saving heart surgery on 18 young patients at Yankin Children’s Hospital last year.
“We have a plan to perform surgical operations not only for children but for adults this year,” said Dato’ Dr K. Balachandran of IJN.
At a press conference last year, a surgeon from YCH said “Malaysian heart surgeons shared their experiences related to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease during the operations”.
According to a survey, 0.8 per cent of all children worldwide are born with congenital heart diseases (CHD). It is the most common congenital disorder in newborns but CHD patients can live a long life after an operation, doctors said.—GNLM

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