The Kingdom of Algiers needs a hospital

Algerian president’s health brought us the attention of international media since he left the country to France. Everybody wonders how ill he is and whether he is dead or not. Questions around his succession have also been raised by most observers. And some suggested this would be our change opportunity, peacefully or through a “spring”. Up to us they say.

The other topic which goes with Bouteflika’s illness is of course the fact he’s treated in Paris. The Algerian authorities themselves are aware of the image this displays before the people and the world. The first official message said the president refused to go abroad, that the Algerian doctors could stabilize the president in Ain-Naadja hospital, and it’s only because he was forced by his doctors that the president left to France for more analyses. PM Sellal explained this was normal and gave examples of foreign leaders treating abroad, one of them being the stateless Arafat…

This blog has already dealt with this topic and another post with the comments it received show some Algerian opinions on their health system. As usual, I cannot blame the state for everything, and I believe our health system’s problem has more to do with the human factor than the financial one…

So I didn’t plan to post about this here, but my pride as an Algerian has been affected a little by the below picture which shows PM Sellal and Chief of Staff Gaid having an official meeting with President Bouteflika in the Invalides under the protection of French president’s portrait.

Bouteflika in InvalidesWhat our leaders do and have done since 1962 already deprived the people of its pride, and it’s just ironic to see them speak of national sovereignty when such meetings are taking place in such places.

I don’t have much time these days so I am going to leave it to this. But I thought it’s worth to share an excerpt from the third and last volume of Fetma Bakhai’s excellent Izuran – First volume reviewed here. It is from a letter an Algerian doctor wrote for his children before he passed away, a few months before Algerian got invaded by the French.

The text is in French. Make use of Google Translate 🙂

[…] J’avoue que je preferais m’occuper des pauvres, ils ont plus de reconnaissance! Ma grande ambition pour eux etait de creer un hopital, un grand hopital propre et bien pourvu de tout ce qui est necessaire pour assurer des soins de qualite a tous ceux qui en auraient le besoin […] Il ne restait que l’approbation du diwan et le financement. J’ai toujours obtenu la premiere mais jamais le second! […] J’ai connu tant de deys! Huit depuis le dey Mustapha! […] En verite, aucun ne m’a oppose de refus. L’espoir renaissait chaque fois! Mais ce n’etait jamais le temps, il y avait toujours d’autres urgences ou bien l’etat des finances ne le permettait pas! Des attermoiements, des pretextes toujours, j’ai bien fini par comprendre que le bien-etre de la population de Djazair n’etait pas le premier souci des deys, qu’il etait meme le dernier et qu’ils ne se souvenaient d’elle que lorsqu’elle grondait et menacait les palais et les riches demeures […] J’avais suggere a ce dernier [dey Ahmed] de consacrer une petite partie des revenus de la course a la construction de mon hopital. Il a vivement hausse les sourcils comme si je venais de proferer une obscenite! Peu de temps apres, il s’est lance dans la construction d’un palais qu’il voulait encore plus luxueux que tous ceux que Djazair abritait deja alors que dans tout le pays des populations entieres souffraient de la faim.


3 thoughts on “The Kingdom of Algiers needs a hospital

  1. Soft invasion. This is only possible with feeble-minded chefs and despicable governments. A respectable government that respects and works for its people can never be taken for granted even in the so called democratic countries unless there are fundamental institutions that are kept robust under the law and cannot be tampered with by no one. We have never had a respectable government nor any reliable institution, not even the religious one in my opinion. So what can ordinary people do? Flee the country or die hard.

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