Prime Minister Abdou Diouf of Senegal on Friday (14 May) attended the passing out parade of doctors recently qualified at the country's School of Military Medicine.
SV Pan arrival of Prime Minister who is greeted by General Diallo
SV's troops lined up for inspection with Prime Minister facing colours and senior military staff looking on (2 shots)
SV's and CU'S Prime Minister, General Diallo and others inspect troops (2 shots)
SV Prime Minister seated listening to speech by General Diallo (3 shots)
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SV's girl places colours on staff and colour bearer re-joins ranks. (3 shots)
CU & SV Prime Minister speaks
SV Troops march past colours (3 shots)
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Background: Prime Minister Abdou Diouf of Senegal on Friday (14 May) attended the passing out parade of doctors recently qualified at the country's School of Military Medicine.
Under the present development programme put into effect by President Leopold-Sedar Senghor's government, military doctors are working in country villages for the benefit of the civilian population. Senega, with a population of almost four million, is aiming to increase its number of doctors to match the World Health Organisation's figure of one doctor per ten thousand head of population.
SYNOPSIS: Senegalese Prime Minister Abdoud Diouf witnessed a pass-out parade in Camp Lat Dior on Friday of young doctors newly qualified from the country's School of Military Medicine.
He was met at the camp by Senegal' military Chief of Staff, General Jean Diallo. Mr. Diouf was invited by the General to inspect the parade, after which General Diallo told the assembled quests that he was grateful to the Prime Minister for his interest in the day's ceremony.
General Diallo pointed out to his listeners that the parade included young men from Upper Volta, Dahomey and Mauritania, all of whom had received their medical training at the Senegalese school. In reply, the Prime Minister spoke of the Army's highly effective participation in the country's development programmes, and explained how newly qualified Army doctors are working for the civilian population in outlying country districts before going on to specialised jobs in hospitals. Senegal is aiming for a target of one doctor per ten thousand head of population, the ratio suggested by the World Health Organisation.