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poverty line, broadcast media, government programs, impact of poverty, Health care services

Although government programs have reduced the number of families with annual incomes below the officially defined poverty line from 47 percent in 1979 to 19 percent in 1996, poverty continues to be a major social problem. To lessen the impact of poverty, the government provides low-income families with various subsidies for food, fuel, and utilities. Health care services remain inadequate in rural areas. Another serious social problem is the widespread recreational use of illegal drugs, especially among young men, despite the government’s heavy use of the print and broadcast media to educate the public about the harmful effects of addiction and drug-related crime.



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poverty line, broadcast media, government programs, impact of poverty, Health care services, young men, rural areas, utilities, low-income families, percent, fuel, food, public, print

 
 

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