INTRODUCTION: The President of the Ivory Coast, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, spoke out against the exodus of trained doctors from Africa on Monday (19 January).
GV EXTERIOR Congress Palace in Abidjan showing flags of participating countries (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Delegates arriving PAN TO crowd greeting them
SV INTERIOR Banner reading Fifth Annual Medical Conference, Abidjan
GV PAN Delegates seated in conference hall
SV President of Ivory Coast, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, arriving at conference hall and taking seat
GV Delegates seated
SV President Houphouet-Boigny speaking at conference while delegates listen (2 shots)
SV PAN TO GV Delegates in ceremonial attire listening to President's speech (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The President of the Ivory Coast, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, spoke out against the exodus of trained doctors from Africa on Monday (19 January). He attacked the 'brain drain' at the opening of an international medical conference in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: The conference attracted medical delegates, pharmacists and veterinarians from about 30 countries in three continents: Africa, Europe and America. Among the 1,200 who attended were the French Health Minister, Jacques Barrot, and the Health Ministers of Egypt, Gabon, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo.
The five-day conference is expected to involve delegates in many important debates, the most important being the problem of treating enteritis in Africa.
In his opening address, President Houphouet-Boigny deplored the exodus of qualified medical people from African states. He said it seriously aggravated the shortage of doctors in the developing world. But, he congratulated himself for putting the Ivory Coast in a better position than most other countries in Africa due to the development of his country's medical teaching facilities. The President cited specifically a medical university as evidence of this. In contrast to the rest of Africa, the Ivory Coast is one of the richest countries on the continent, and has been able to afford such advances in medical research. Other topics to be covered by the delegates include the distribution of medicines, rabies in Africa, the causes of cancer and leukaemia, and gene and blood disorders. The President's comments set the tone of the conference, and were well received by the delegates.