The Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, estimated on Sunday in Algiers that clinical biology had experienced a “qualitative leap” thanks to the challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic on health professionals.
Speaking at the opening of the 8th international congress of the Algerian Society of Clinical Biology (SABC), which will last 2 days (March 13 and 14), the Minister said that the scientific dynamic marking the field of clinical biology in Algeria was operating in a global context that has impacted the health sector over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The challenges that the sector must meet in the coming years, all specialties combined, will increase considerably, whether in virology, bacteriology, molecular biology, parasitology, immunology, biochemistry, hereditary diseases, nutrition or endocrinology, adds the minister.
The holding of this 8th congress comes at a “decisive” moment to assess and learn the lessons of this pandemic which has claimed the lives of more than six million people around the world, as well as to strengthen the sector’s readiness to cope with health disasters, whatever they may be, that may occur in the future, in particular those of a pandemic nature, he underlined.
The Minister of Health expressed his “total” willingness for the ministry to encourage this kind of meeting, such a valuable opportunity to compare the experiences of professionals, all specialties combined, welcoming this initiative which enriches expertise and strengthens skills.