There was a news alert in yesterday’s El Khabar newspaper about Algerian Health Minister Ould-Abbas allegedly declaring that Viagra is ‘tasty’ and that Algeria plans to import it for cheaper prices from India. To the question on why Ould-Abbas intends to import Viagra while there is shortage of contraceptive pills (and I would have added vaccines and many other vital drugs), he replied that, as an Algerian citizen and not as a Health Minister, he wants the Algerian population to reach 100 million although he admitted that he doesn’t use the magic pill. One then wonders how he knows it is ‘tasty’? This is the problem with the Algerian brand of patriotism, it is all talk and no action. I think if Ould-Abbas really meant what he said, he should have also stated that he would be/is a fervent user of Viagra to accomplish this noble national mission. Think of the example you are giving to Algerians Mister Health Minister and lead by example!
I don’t know how much is true and how much is made up in this news story (knowing the professionalism of Algerian press, or lack thereof). But the question merits being asked: Do you think Algeria is under-populated? And if it is, what do you think, as citizens, would be the best reason to increase its population?