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Tunisian families spend 37.5% of their expenditure on health.

24/01/2019 16:28, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisian families spend 37.5 percent of their expenditure on health, while this rate should not exceed 20 percent according to international standards, said a study by the National Institute of Labour and Social Studies of Tunis (INTES).

At a conference on "social inequalities" held by the National Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES) on Thursday in Tunis, INTES academic, health economics specialist Chokri Arfa said 8% of Tunisian families spent huge sum to cover their health needs which caused their impoverishment since they found themselves below the poverty line after being indebted and selling their goods.

He called for the need for a fair and comprehensive public health system that provides quality services to all citizens across all regions of the country.

For her part, director of demographic and social statistics at the National Institute of Statistics (INS), Nadia Touihri stressed the need to work to generalise preparatory school years to all regions to reduce the gap in level of school results.

Pre-schooling of children in rural areas does not exceed 20% against 80% in large cities, she said, adding that the illiteracy rate of rural women is very high reaching 76.7% in Kairouan, according to the INS.

Mohamed Saleh Bargaoui, Secretary General of the Consumer Protection Organisation said the purchasing power of the Tunisian citizen has deteriorated considerably, pointing out that due to the high cost of living, the monthly expenditure allocated by Tunisian citizens to the consumer goods have increased by 300 dinars.

He explained that the price increase is due to the unprecedented rise in the rate of inflation in Tunisia which has reached about 8%.

This situation has had a disastrous impact on vulnerable group who represent more than 60% Tunisians, he underlined.

Participants in this meeting called for the establishment of sector policies aimed at reducing social inequalities in Tunisia which constitute a real threat to social peace and national unity, they said.

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Date:Jan 24, 2019
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