Following the chaos following the double explosion on August 4 and the Covid-19 crisis, Lebanese women are abandoning their gynecological consultations due to lack of funds. Reportage.
In addition to the chaos following the double explosion that occurred on August 4 in Beirut and the Covid-19 crisis, there are health problems linked to poverty. Many Lebanese women no longer consult their gynecologist for lack of money, a situation that can lead to serious problems. consequences for their health.
After spending seven years in a pharmacy in Jdeideh, a poor suburb of Beirut, Nadine El Kassis, a Lebanese gynecologist, used to mainly consult Syrian refugees without funds and without health insurance. But recently, things have changed. “There are more Lebanese women seeking treatment here, and there will be even more with the economic crisis exacerbating.”
A risk of breast cancer
At a hospital in Beirut, Lebanese women consult less than before. “Today, many women do not participate in mandatory gynecological examinations, regrets another gynecologist. This woman is eight months pregnant. She should have already done an examination to prevent immune diseases.”
In the end, “we are afraid that this reduced attendance or that the postponement of appointments would have an impact on the diagnosis of breast cancer in particular,” continues Nadine El Kassis. “We know that late investigations will lead to advanced cases of breast cancer. the consequences “.
According to the World Health Organization, a quarter of cancer-related deaths among Lebanese women are due to breast cancer. Failure to diagnose early can make the situation even worse.
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