Le Matin – The epidemiological situation in Casablanca-Settat under debate

The Casablanca-Settat region is going through a period of community transmission that requires the adoption of the necessary measures to protect the system

The epidemiological situation linked to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Casablanca-Settat region was the subject of a remote debate organized last Sunday with the participation of representatives of the health sector, public authorities and the media. The participants insisted on the need to elucidate and exchange information on the evolution of the health situation in the region and the necessary measures to be implemented to stop the spread of the epidemic there.

“It was important to give the necessary clarifications and underline the measures taken by the health system to contain the coronavirus“, underlined the president of the Moroccan Society of Medical Sciences (SMSM) and of the National Federation of Health (FNS), Moulay Saïd Afif, during his participation in a webinar on the theme “The epidemiological situation in Casablanca-Settat: the response”.
The Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Abdelilah Boutaleb, for his part indicated that the Ministry of Health, in coordination with all components of the government, takes care to put in place all the preventive and precautionary measures necessary to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and follow with the relevant actors the evolution of the epidemiological situation in all regions of the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Health, he added, ensures that the seasonal influenza vaccine is available to citizens, while giving priority to health professionals and vulnerable categories or those suffering from chronic diseases to avoid any complications. optionally. The first stages of clinical trials relating to the coronavirus are taking place under the best conditions, said the official, expressing the wish to see such an effort consolidated in order to develop an effective and safe vaccine for all.
The wali of Casablanca-Settat, Saïd Ahmidouch, noted that the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the region is largely linked to the mobility of people and the non-compliance with the preventive measures recommended by the authorities.
In this sense, he called on citizens to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu in order to avoid any exposure to the coronavirus and to reduce the pressure on hospitals, laboratories and analysis centers.
Mr. Ahmidouch also emphasized the need to involve the private sector in the fight against the coronavirus, in order to strengthen the Moroccan health system.
For the president of the Regional Council of the Order of Physicians (CROM) of Casablanca-Settat, Abldekrim Zoubaïdi, the region is at the heart of the discussions in light of the significant increase in positive cases for the Covid-19 coronavirus despite the measures taken by local authorities and stakeholders to curb the spread of the virus.
He pleaded in favor of greater involvement of private doctors and the availability of drugs in all pharmacies.
For his part, the president of the Interprofessional Group for Prevention and Industrial Safety (GIPSI), Mohamed Fikrat, noted that in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, this body is working for the involvement of all the stakeholders concerned and the mobilization of resources capable of facilitating optimal management of risks linked to the virus.
“We have also worked on three initiatives, in particular the provision, in collaboration with the Red Crescent, of a business-oriented health service initially in the industrial region of Aïn Sebaa, with the ambition of ‘extend to all industrial zones,’ he said.
Interested in the issue of management of the Covid-19 coronavirus at the Ibn Rochd University Hospital, its director general of the Casablanca University Hospital, Moulay Hicham Afif, noted that the region is going through a period of community transmission which requires the adoption of measures necessary to protect the healthcare system and take charge of all patients. It is also a question, according to him, of reducing the mortality caused by the coronavirus by reducing the number of affected people admitted to intensive care units.
Regarding the high number of deaths, the director of the CHU Casablanca explained that it is mainly due to the delay in treatment, the immune deficiency and the age of the patients, while calling for greater proof of vigilance, to limit contact as much as possible.
This webinar was organized by the Moroccan Society of Medical Sciences (SMSM) and the National Federation of Health (FNS), in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and the Interior (wilaya of Casablanca-Settat), the Regroupement interprofessional in prevention and industrial safety, the MAP Agency and the CGEM.

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