Morocco has strengthened its local production capacities in order to guarantee an adequate supply of essential medical resources and strategic stocks, underlined, Sunday in Geneva, the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.
In his address to the 76th session of the World Health Assembly, Akhannouch indicated that the Kingdom, in accordance with the directives of King Mohammed VI, has worked tirelessly to put in place effective public policies that meet the needs of its citizens.
Drawing lessons from the pandemic, the reform launched by Morocco revolves mainly around the establishment of a resilient health system, he underlined in a video intervention, while insisting on the fact of ensure equitable access to vaccines for Morocco as well as the rest of African countries within the framework of South-South cooperation.
Morocco has placed the health sector at the center of its government policy, with a firm commitment to comprehensive reform aimed at transforming the health system so that it is in tune with the significant advances made by the Kingdom, said explained the Head of Government, during a session attended by many heads of government.
“The generalization of medical coverage to all Moroccans, which was carried out from December 2022, illustrates this perfectly and marks a profound societal revolution in the Kingdom”‘, he continued.
To achieve this, “we have developed a comprehensive strategy to increase the number of health professionals from the current rate of 17.4 per 10,000 inhabitants to 24 by 2025 and then to 45 by 2030, has he said, recalling that this ambitious project will make it possible to reach the levels recommended by the WHO.
“We have also allocated additional resources to the health sector, increased doctors’ salaries, modernized health facilities and digitized the sector”, Akhannouch said.
The 76th session of the World Health Assembly is being held from 21 to 30 May under the theme “75 years of WHO: saving lives, taking action for health for all”.
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. Delegations from all Member States of the Organization participate and focus on a specific health agenda developed by the Executive Board. The main functions of the Assembly are to determine the policy of the Organization, to appoint the Director-General, to control financial policy and to examine and approve the budget of WHO.
During this session, a series of strategic round tables are organized, with the participation of delegates from the World Health Assembly, partner institutions, representatives of civil society and WHO experts who discuss the current and future priorities for public health issues of global importance.