Belgium hit by wave of chronic fatigue

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8 October 2004, BRUSSELS - A staggering 30,000 Belgians suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, it was reported on Monday.

8 October 2004

BRUSSELS - A staggering 30,000 Belgians suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, it was reported on Monday.

The claims have come from Marc Van Impe, president of a platform to combat the syndrome and neuro-psychiatrist, Annemie Uyttersprot.

Van Impe's association will present the Flemish parliament with a petition signed by over 33,000 people, which will demand that sufferers from the condition receive proper treatment.

It is also asking for hearings on the issue to be organised in the parliament's health committees.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a neurological disease that has serious consequences for the immune system.

However, insurance company INAMI still classes the disease as a psychological illness, sparking protests from sufferers.

"Private insurers used the label 'psychological' as an excuse not to pay up," argues the platform.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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