The Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, explained that the National Plan to Mitigate the Effects of the Cold Wave for the Winter Season 2021-2022 targets 1,797 douars in 233 localities in 27 provinces and targeting 150,468 families, i.e. total population of about 800,000 people.
During the oral questioning session on Tuesday in the Chamber of Councilors, Laftit recalled the meeting held on November 17 by the National Commission, which brings together the various ministries and sectors concerned, the Command and Vigilance Center at the level of the ministry. of the Interior and the provincial vigilance, monitoring and evaluation committees, in order to establish the modalities for the implementation of this National Plan.
In order to precisely and effectively target populations threatened by the effects of the cold snap, he explained, the areas concerned were classified, on the basis of a set of objective criteria, including the possible duration of isolation, in 3 main levels.
According to the minister, this is the Red level which concerns douars at risk of isolation for a period of more than 7 days, i.e. 654 douars with an estimated population of around 250,000 people, the Orange level which concerns douars at risk of isolation for a period of between 4 and 7 days, of which there are 845 for a population estimated at around 330,000 people and of the Yellow level, which concerns douars threatened with isolation for a period of two to three days, numbering 298 and a total population of nearly 220,000 people.
It also involves the establishment of mobile hospitals under the Ministry of Health, the organization this year of mini-medical campaigns due to the epidemic situation, as well as field visits carried out by mobile medical units. in the various provinces surveyed, in addition to monitoring the situation of pregnant women and the elderly suffering from isolation or chronic illnesses.
These axes also relate to the distribution of food aid and blankets, with the supervision of the contribution of civil society in these areas, by providing accommodation and rescue services, taking charge of people in crisis. street and the development of platforms for the landing of helicopters of the Royal Gendarmerie, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, mobilized to provide support to emergency medical intervention teams.
They also include the distribution of firewood and stoves to the affected population, educational establishments, health centers and maternities located in the targeted areas, the supply and distribution of subsidized fodder for livestock, in the region. under the program of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, the opening of roads and the opening up of rural areas, among other measures.
Laftit also mentioned the qualitative intervention of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and its crucial role in meeting these challenges through its various humanitarian intervention programs aimed at providing support and assistance to families in need living in the rural world, especially in mountainous areas.
He recalled, in this regard, the last three medical campaigns carried out by the Foundation since last November in the provinces of Taza, Taounate and Figuig, during which more than 18,000 people benefited from surgical operations and specialized care. .
Morocco has accumulated a great deal of experience in the management of such situations and has nothing to envy of the countries accustomed to these climatic conditions, noting the very positive increase which characterizes the performance of the various intervening in this field, has t -he assures.