NEW HEALTH BILL TO BE TABLED IN ALGERIAN PARLIAMENT WEDNESDAY

ALGIERS, -- The new Bill on health services which seeks to adapt Algeria's health system with the country's social and economic progress, will be tabled this Wednesday in the People's National Assembly (APN), the lower house of Parliament), says Health, Population and Hospital Reform Minister Abdelmalek Boudiaf.

Speaking to Algeria Presse Service (APS) during a working to Mostaganem, about 340 kilometres west of here, Sunday, the minister said the Bill also seeks to enshrine the principle of free healthcare in a new framework and to integrate the private sector into the national health system.

The Bill will include a major focus on disease prevention and development of health technology, said the minister.

In Mostaganem, he inspected the public hospital's mothers and chldren's centre and launched the construction of a blood transfusion centre in the province.

"This centre, which comes under the National Blood Agency (ANS), is expected to facilitate the functioning of the existing and future surgical services," said the minister.

While in Mostagnem, the Minister also met members of a delegation from the Algerian-French Friendship Association of Professional Doctors (APMFA), consisting of 32 doctors, including28 specialist doctors, which is making its ninth mission to Algeria.

Source: Nam News Network