Health minister calls for specialised training for general practitioners in southern regions

The Minister of Health, Prof. Abderrahmane Benbouzid, called on Tuesday in Ghardaïa for the training of general practitioners from the southern and highland regions in the various specialties in order to ensure efficient care of patients from under-medicated provinces.

Speaking at a press briefing, the Minister indicated that the mainstreaming of health coverage to all Algerians also requires a high-performance, efficient health system that meets universal standards and offers health services 24 hours a day to meet the needs of the population.

Public authorities have not spared any resources for the acquisition of sophisticated equipment for the benefit of old or new health facilities, especially after the unfreezing of health projects in accordance with the guidelines of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune”, the aim is to offer a better health service to citizens.

The instability of specialist doctors assigned to hospital services in the southern and highlands regions and the shortage of medical staff has led to the granting of specialised training for general practitioners who have accumulated 5 years of service in these regions as general practitioners in order to obtain a certificate of specialised studies in medical sciences of their choice, the minister stressed.

Prof. Benbouzid called for the raising of the level of medical care provided in the different regions of the country by relying on new technologies “telemedicine” in diagnosis for a better care of the patient and the continuous training of medical staff.

Minister of Health also announced the resumption of twinning operations between the different health structures in the country, which were suspended following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic for two years and which have given positive results.

Accompanied by local authorities, the Minister of Health proceeded to the commissioning of two policlinics located in Métlili El Djadida and Oued N’Chou, a new urban area located 15 km north of Ghardaia, before inspecting the project for the construction of a 240-bed hospital in Ghardaia, where he announced the creation of an anti-cancer centre within this hospital.

At the end of his visit, the Minister of Health inspected the hospitals being constructed in Berriane (60 beds) and Gerrara (120 beds) located respectively 45 and 120 km from the capital of the province.

“The improvement of health care provision in these two northern Ghardaia areas as well as the accessibility of the population to the care services provided, depends on the level of managerial competence adapted to the availability of qualified human resources with the support of all the concerned partners”, he underlined before urging the medical community to take optimal care of the patients and to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the medical equipment.

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