Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, revealed today, Thursday, during his visit to the infectious diseases department of the Boufarik hospital in (Blida) that the health situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is “stable”, indicating that “more stringent measures have been taken to monitor Algerians and foreigners when they enter the country.”
In this regard, he affirmed Algeria’s readiness to acquire “any vaccine that helps in the production of antibodies and reduces the risk of disease, including Astra-Zeneca, which is used by 135 countries, especially Germany, England and Canada.”
In the same context, the minister mentioned that vaccines alone are not sufficient, and that is why “it is absolutely necessary to adhere to the health measures that the Ministry of Health has called for, such as wearing masks and social distancing as much as possible,” praising the significant proportion of the population that respects the preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus.
On the other hand, Mr. Benbouzid considered his visit to Boufarik Hospital as a “stand of solidarity with the institutions that contributed to the sponsorship of the Coronavirus pandemic,” and also praised the spirit of sacrifice and responsibility that the health authority has shown.
He also expressed his commitment to handling the files of the social partner related to promotion in ranks, statute and the compensation system, highlighting the importance of promoting and strengthening dialogue.
Regarding the ruled projects, the minister stated that Boufarik Hospital has become insufficient to cover the central-western provinces, indicating that there is a hospital project with a capacity of 80 beds, currently frozen, given the economic conditions that the country is going through.
For his part, Reda Daghbouche, the hospital director, announced that this hospital facility has 200 beds, 95 of which are reserved for treating Covid-19 cases, he added.