Public health services have deteriorated since the 1990s and are failing to meet modern demand.
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Laden with overcrowded hospitals, exhausted staff and disgruntled patients, Tunisia's public health sector is struggling to heal its many maladies.Today, the North African country's 11 million people are served by some 166 hospitals and 2,100 health centers, according to official figures.But public health services have deteriorated since the 1990s and are failing to meet modern demand, according to a report last year by the health section of the powerful UGTT union.Hospitals also lack qualified medical staff – across the country, the sector has a shortfall of almost 14,000 staff.Senior health official Nabiha Borsali Falfoul said public criticism of the sector is often exaggerated.
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