• Short Summary

    The introduction of a free health service in Algiers on January 1st has doubled the number of outpatients at Algerian hospitals.

  • Description

    The introduction of a free health service in Algiers on January 1st has doubled the number of outpatients at Algerian hospitals. Free treatment is now available form all medical units dependent on the Algerian Health Minister and medication worth up to 15 DA (GBP 1.60) is also being distributed free. A charge of 3 DA (32p) is made for more expensive drugs.

    The Health Ministry has been authorised to spend twice its normal budget on the new service which the government has hailed as Health Revolution.

    With an annual birth rate of 3.4 per cent, Algeria's feet growing population has put a tremendous strain on the country's services and especially on medical personnel. A chronic shortage of doctors in the south is only alleviated by military doctors assigned by the Ministry of Health. Many of the 2,000 doctors are concentrated in the capital, Algiers, where there is one doctor for every 500 - 600 people. But even so, queues have been building up at the city's health centers since the free service was introduced.

    Since 1972, 300 doctors have been graduating from Algerian universities annually, but by 1980 the government hopes to be able to meet its medical staff requirements.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC5F1AE6M811HPMO81UOM4F6DV
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5F1AE6M811HPMO81UOM4F6DV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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