Rabat – Fearing that most African countries are not prepared to deal with the new coronavirus, Morocco is taking advantage of its experience and “human resources” to help the continent face the risks of importing the new coronavirus (COVID-19 ).
Moroccan Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb, who heads the Moroccan delegation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while participating in an extraordinary session of AU ministers on the emergency COVID-19, said the North African country is prepared to “share your experience.” and experience ”with other less equipped African countries as the continent takes measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
In his speech at the UA emergency meeting on COVID-19, the Moroccan minister explained the “effective measures” that Rabat has implemented since the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, central China. He said the global emergency around the virus means that African countries should work together to face the continental crisis.
Taleb made his comments immediately after encouraging news for Morocco’s efforts to prevent the spread of the new virus.
On February 2, a plane of the Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc that transported Moroccan citizens landed at Benslimane airport, near Casablanca, with 167 passengers on board. The repatriation operation occurred after direct instructions from King Mohammed VI.
The 167 repatriated Moroccans were released from the designated health centers this morning, after their 20-day quarantine period ended, and none of them showed any symptoms of the new coronavirus.
Meanwhile, not many African countries are so prepared. Most do not have adequate facilities or trained personnel to deal with the Crown crisis in case of suspicious cases, according to a recent study on the preparation of Africa to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The author of the study, Dr. Vittoria Colizza, from the French University of the Sorbonnesaid that while “African countries have recently strengthened their preparedness to manage imports of COVID-19 cases.… some countries remain poorly equipped. ”
The study also noted that the continent is “at high risk”, especially given its high volume of travel and trade with China.