The Minister of Health, Abdelhak Saihi, gave, on Sunday in Algiers, the kick-off of the first national week of prevention, to last until March 11 at facilities of the sector through the various provinces of the country.
Highlighting the need to “invest more in prevention, a priority for the public authorities”, Mr Saihi said that the Ministry of Health “has drawn up 22 programmes to this end with a view to promoting the quality of services provided to patients”.
He considered that prevention “provides society with sufficient protection and gives the public authorities a clear vision of improving the care of the patient”, stressing that “the public authorities have given great importance to this aspect in recent years, which has enabled Algeria to be ranked among the pioneer countries in this field by the World Health Organisation (WHO)”.
Referring to the risk factors for the various diseases common in society, Mr Saihi stressed the importance of “educating the citizen on how to consume by encouraging him to adopt a healthy diet.
The event will be marked by presentations on topics related to prevention, healthy eating and risk factors for several diseases, as well as warnings against the excessive use of medicines.