Monday, July 4, 2022

Most amputations at Nyangabwe Hospital blamed on smoking

A consultant surgeon at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital, Dr Celestine Mbangtang, has raised concern over tobacco smoking, saying that it is the cause of most amputations performed at the hospital.

In an interview with the Sunday Standard on Friday, the doctor said that last year from January to December, 13 out of 14 patients had their limbs amputated as a result of smoking. He said that smoking is a deadly habit, which should be discouraged at all costs.

“Smoking poses a very serious health hazard because out of the 14 patients that were amputated last year, 13 of them were amputated due to smoking. What happens is that tobacco smoking constricts blood movement leading to the death of tissues in a limb which then leads to amputation,” he said.

 Mbangtang added that although there are on-going campaigns around the world against tobacco smoking, he feels there is still a strong need for more campaigns to be done to try and sensitize the public on the hazards of smoking. He pleaded with tobacco smokers to quit the habit as it is hazardous to their lives.

“To avoid such a problem, one has to make a change in their lifestyle,” said Mbangtang.

He further raised concerns with tobacco smoking saying that it also causes deadly diseases such as lung cancer, throat cancer and heart attacks. He lauded the decision by government to ban smoking in public areas, adding that such a decision is a step in the right direction.

“The decision by the Botswana government to ban smoking in public areas is a giant step in the right direction and the government should be lauded for coming up with such a regulation. Smoking is a very serious health hazard,” he said.

 Mbangtang also warned people who are HIV positive to desist from smoking as they have a higher chance of getting their limbs amputated.  He further pleaded with the public to conduct checkups of diseases such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes to take proper measures against such diseases well in time.

“Most of these diseases can be combated if people change their lifestyles and take proper measures,” he said.

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