The Republic of The Congo Celebrates Today!

Today we wish everyone in The Republic of The Congo a very Happy Independence Day!

The Republic of The Congo is a country located in Central Africa. On August 15th, 1960, they gained their independence from France. They are a predominantly French speaking country with a population of close to 5 million people.  With a strong petroleum industry, this country has gained some economic stability, however many still suffer from large gaps in income distribution.

Health Statistics for The Republic of The Congo

Education is considered very important in this country and attendance at school is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 16. There are universities throughout the country offering medical and doctor training in an attempt to increase the amount of healthcare workers throughout the country. Currently there are only 20 doctors to service every 100,000 people, meaning that many people are not receiving the medical attention that they need. Many of the inhabitants of this country live in rural areas where there is a lack of easily accessible health care facilities.

Predominant Health Concerns

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS is a common problem in The Republic of The Congo. Recent estimates state that the prevalence of this disease is 2.8 percent of the population. HIV and AIDS cause a large drain on the healthcare system, causing numerous illnesses and other infections and leaving so many children orphaned.

Malaria

Malaria is rampant in the Congo. It poses one of the highest risks to the health of this country’s inhabitants. Children are among the most affected by Malaria and estimates show that 1 in 5 deaths are caused from this disease. Foreign aid is trying to reduce the effect that this disease has by providing mosquito nets and repellent-sprayed clothing.

Schistosomiasis

This waterborne disease is very common in the Congo. It is caused by worms that are ingested through contaminated water sources and can cause severe abdominal pain and diarrhea, blood in the stool and blood in the urine. It can be very dangerous for those who have been infected for a long time and may lead to liver or kidney damage or other long-term complications.

After 56 years, today LiveMD would like to wish the the Republic of The Congo and all of its people, a very happy Independence Day.

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August 15th, 2016 by