Kerala is one of the country’s highest-risk states for stomach cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
High-risk Kerala is the highest-ranked state in the country for stomach cancers, with around one in four people in the state living with the disease.
The World Health Organization has said in recent years that Kerala’s health systems are under strain as a result of a lack of funding, and many hospitals have run out of medicines and basic equipment.
Health minister and state Chief Medical Officer A M Karthikeyan told reporters on Wednesday that the state has the second-highest number of cases of cancer among the states, behind Maharashtra, which has around four times the number.
“We need to ensure that we have all the medical resources that are available in the nation, including our hospitals and hospitals alone, to cope with the increasing number of patients, which is increasing at a faster rate than the resources available in Kerala,” he said.
The WHO also said the state is at a “high risk” for coronavirus-related death, adding that the number of deaths related to COVID-19 had risen in the past week, as a consequence of an outbreak of the virus in the region.
“There are more than 1,500 deaths in Kerala related to coronaviruses, which means that the coronaviral death toll in Kerala is on a par with the total deaths in all other states in the world,” the WHO said.
Coronavirus deaths in India have been estimated at between 1,000 and 3,000 per day.
India is one the countries that have witnessed a rapid rise in COVID cases as of the start of the year, with at least 7,500 cases confirmed across the country.
The WHO says more than 10,000 people have died from COVID in India in the first five days of December, with 1,800 deaths recorded.
The disease is transmitted through coughing and sneezing and can cause pneumonia and diarrhoea, and it is a respiratory disease.
In Kerala, around 1,400 people are dying every day of COVID, according to the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Wednesday, the Kerala government announced a plan to set up an anti-COVID centre and to increase the number and level of medicines available to hospitals and clinics, which it has been struggling to provide.