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    The ninth medical conference of Dakar has opened at Dakar University in Senegal. Guest of?

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    The ninth medical conference of Dakar has opened at Dakar University in Senegal. Guest of honour at the opening on Monday (15 January) was the French Minister of Health and Family Affairs, Madame Simone Veil.

    SYNOPSIS: The four-day conference was shaped around the theme of Training of medical teaching staff.

    It covered such topics as diabetes, drug addiction, pollution of foodstuffs and purulent meningitis. Seven hundred delegates, including doctors from Africa, Europe and Canada, were invited, and were shown the University's sophisticated range of medical research equipment.

    Madame Veil arrived to greet Senegal's President Leopold Senghor, who officially declared the conference open.

    Among the delegates were the directors of pharmaceutical programmes from many French-speaking countries in Africa, and the Senegalese Minister of Health, Monsieur Mamadou Diop. In her speech, Madame Veil said she was certain, that, in West Africa, the strong sense of adhering of traditions, plus moderation and humane instincts, were helping progress.

    Madame Veil said the delegates could exercise these qualities because they were not beset by some fears and problems their counterparts had to endure in countries - which had become perhaps too civilised. She praised those present as being rational and understanding people. They had shown these characteristics by adopting the conclusion of a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) conference embracing ways to advance medical knowledge and application. At fifty-one Madame Veil is France's most outstanding woman. She was chosen by President Giscard d'Estaing in 1974 to launch a health revolution.

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