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The CNDH warns of the exodus of doctors abroad, while the country needs 32,000 doctors

The problems of access to care by citizens in Morocco is still the subject of reports and debates, without there being any real changes in the daily lives of individuals.

A thematic report by the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) has thus identified numerous imbalances that hinder access to health services in Morocco, the main one being the absence of regular and clear treatment, which results in wasted opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of patients and negatively affects the health and lives of individuals.

Entitled “Effective right to health“, the CNDH report denounces the low level of funding in the health sector, which still fluctuates between 6 and 7% of the public budget instead of the 12% recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report presented this Friday, April 22 by the President of the Council, Amina Bouayach, reports a significant weakness in the number of health executives, recognizing the need for more than 32,000 additional doctors, as well as 65,000 health professionals.

The same source mentions that Moroccan families bear more than 50% of health expenses, and more than 63% if we calculate their contribution to medical coverage, considering the issue as a real obstacle for citizens’ access to care. .

Similarly, the report drew attention to the phenomenon of the emigration of doctors and health executives, noting that the number of Moroccans working abroad fluctuates between 10,000 and 14,000, which statistically means that one out of three Moroccan doctors practices outside the country.

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Thus, the CNDH report called for the establishment of a national health strategy within the framework of the general policy of the State, thus proposing to rely on the concept of the social State, to circumvent the approach sector, ensuring human security, then strengthening regionalization and reducing social and spatial disparities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also demonstrated the need to invest in fundamental rights, the CNDH specified in its report, particularly in the areas of health and education, considering the State as a direct actor. in investments in the health sector by offering appropriate conditions for the intervention of other actors under its responsibility.

Thus, the CNDH report did not fail to link the reforms in the health sector to the efforts deployed by the State to strengthen regionalization and reduce spatial disparities, emphasizing that health is a problem linked to development and the one of its essential pillars.

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In its recommendations, the CNDH insisted on the need to review training systems and medico-sanitary studies, and to involve public and private hospitals in training in the field while encouraging scientific research and increasing its sources. of financing.




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