• Short Summary

    THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLICOF TODAY IS A MIXTURE OF THE PRIMITIVE AND THE MODERN. MILLIONS?

  • Description

    THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLICOF TODAY IS A MIXTURE OF THE PRIMITIVE AND THE MODERN. MILLIONS OF PEASANTS LIVE IN POOR VILLAGES WITH APPALLING HEALTH CONDITIONS, BUT THEIR CHILDREN GO TO THE CITIES FOR FREE EDUCATION, AND DOCTORS ARE VISITING THE VILLAGES IN A CAMPAIGN TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF BAD HEALTH AND OVER POPULATION.

    MOST OF THE PEOPLE LIVE IN A NARROW STRIP OF LAND ALONG THE NILE RIVER AND THE POOR VILLAGES CAN BE FOUND WITHIN HALF AN HOUR'S DRIVE FROM CAIRO. AS IN THE VILLAGE WHERE PRESIDENT NASSER WAS BORN CONDITIONS ARE MOSTLY PRIMITIVE. THE GREAT DISEASE CARRIER IS THE FLIES. ONE DOCTOR TOLD A VISITING BRITISH TV TEAM THAT PARENTS NEED TO BE EDUCATED. THEY DIDN'T LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN PROPERLY, OR EVEN UNDERSTAND THE DANGER OF DISEASE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS IS THE EYE DISEASE, GLAUCOMA.

    SINCE PRESIDENT NASSER CAME TO POWER CLINICS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN MANY AREAS. BY LAW, NEWLY QUALIFIED DOCTORS HAVE TO SPEND TWO YEARS IN A VILLAGE CLINIC. AS A RESULT OF THIS WORK THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THAT THE INFANT MORTALITY RATE HAS BEEN HALVED IN THE PAST TEN YEARS FROM 280 TO 130 DEATHS PER THOUSAND BIRTHS.

    THE DOCTOR'S ARE ALSO FIGHTING THE PROBLEM OF OVER-POPULATION BY INSTRUCTING THE PEASANTS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL AND SUPPLYING THEM WITH CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS. PRESIDENT NASSER HIMSELF SAID THE BIG PROBLEMS THEY FACED WERE THE BELIEF THAT "ALLAH WOULD PROVIDE", AND THE FACT THAT CHILDREN MEANT MORE LABOUR AND MORE INCOME FOR THE POOR FARMERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7BXUUULKLH69HFDTT7G9GZDR5
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BXUUULKLH69HFDTT7G9GZDR5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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