Flemish take more sick days than Wallonians

25th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2006, BRUSSELS – Belgians living in Flanders take between three and four more sick days than the rest of the country, it was revealed on Wednesday.

25 January 2006

BRUSSELS – Belgians living in Flanders take between three and four more sick days than the rest of the country, it was revealed on Wednesday.

A survey into the state of the nation's health found that the average sick leave in Flanders is 18 days a year, compared to 14 days in Wallonia and 15 in the Brussels region.

Nevertheless, the Flemish appear healthier than their francophone counterparts. Twenty-seven percent of Wallonians said they had health problems, compared to 25 percent in Brussels and 21 percent in Flanders.

The individual assessments of the 13,000 Belgians who were interviewed also coincided with more objective health statistics. The number of chronic illnesses in Wallonia stands at 28 percent, compared to 25 percent in Brussels and 21 percent in Flanders.

This is the third survey into Belgium's health since 1997.

Overall, it showed one in four people has health worries, a statistic which compares reasonably favourably to other European countries, according to Le Soir.

The good news is, since 2001, the number of young smokers has started to fall.

On the down side, the survey revealed elderly people were taking too many pills with serious side-effects, such as tranquilisers and sleeping tablets.

Next month, Health Minister Rudy Demotte intends to start a campaign to warn people of the dangers of over-medication.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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