The national health system consists of hospitals, health centres and small health posts in remote areas. Hospitals are mostly located in towns and provide the backbone of the medical care system. Doctors working here are usually well qualified and there are well equipped laboratory facilities available at these hospitals.
In contrast to this, the smaller health centres and the remote health posts for the medical care of the local population are run by medical assistants with a minimum of medical training only. Although these medical posts are easier accessible for the rural population than the town hospitals, they often fail to reach their goal of providing reliable medical care. The majority of the health posts is hardly operational due to missing equipment and suitable staff. Due to the lack of furnishing, medicines and vaccines health posts are often closed or have been abandoned.