Algeria’s Minister of Health, Population, and Hospital Reform Mr. Abdelaziz Ziari said in Geneva that the efforts and investments aimed to promote healthcare have enabled his country to record « significant advances » in the field of healthcare in terms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
In a statement made at the 66th Session of the World Health Assembly that opened on May 20, 2013, Mr. Ziari said that access to healthcare remains a priority to Algeria since it is a crucial factor contributing to the population’s welfare and higher living standard and hence to the country’s dynamics.
In this regard, the minister gave in example the reduction of the under 15 mortality rate from 46.8 per thousand in 1990 to 22.6 per thousand in 2012 and the maternal mortality rate which will have fallen four times by 2015 from 215 per 100,000 in 1990, while the incidence of tuberculosis fell to 57 cases per 100,000 in 2012.
Algeria praised these achievements as an encouragement for further efforts to promote healthcare which is a primary goal of the 5-year National Development Program 2010-2014.
In this context, the Algerian minister highlighted in particular the launch of a universal healthcare coverage, the fight against non-transmittable diseases and associated risk factors, the access to affordable medication and the promotion of maternal a child healthcare through sustained efforts aimed at accelerated reduction of maternal, newborn, and child mortality.
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