The fortieth French Medical Conference opened in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday (1 December) with a speech by the country's President, Leopold Senghor.
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SV Prime Minister Diou (centre) arrives
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SV PAN President Senghor arrives with delegation
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SV Prime Minister (left) seated in audience
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Background: The fortieth French Medical Conference opened in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday (1 December) with a speech by the country's President, Leopold Senghor. Also attending the opening ceremony was the Senegalese Prime Minister, Mr. Abdou Diou.
In his address, President Senghor pointed out the three major characteristics of French medicine...its humane spirit, its willingness to learn from other nations and civilisations and the intelligence of its medical staff.
President Senghor said that in the past five years there had been considerable improvements, especially in teaching methods, in the laboratories and hospitals, and financially.
Twelve hundred delegates from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Morocco and Lebanon attended the two day conference. One of the guests was the French Minister of Health, Madame Simone Veil. She said the choice of Dakar as the site for the meeting showed that the links between France and Senegal were still strong.
She also had a meeting with President Senghor and held a news conference during her visit.
There were four conference themes ... including discussions on cancer of the liver and rheumatoid arthritis. Several displays of various pharmaceutical products were arranged for the delegates.
SYNOPSIS: The fortieth French Medical conference opened in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Monday. Among the guests was the country's Prime Minister Mr. Abdou Diou.
The Conference was opened by the President of Senegal, Mr. Leopold Senghor. He said French medicine was distinguished by its humane spirit, and its willingness to learn from other countries. But he said it was by no means perfect although in the past five year there had been a significant improvement in many fields.
He said these improvements were particularly noticeable in the teaching methods, in the laboratories an d hospitals and in the medical services' finances.
Delegates came from numerous French-speaking countries and included France's Minister of Health, Madame Simone Veil. She said the choice of Dakar as site for the conference showed the strong links between France and Senegal.