The framework agreement for the implementation of the program to increase the number of health professionals by 2030, signed Monday in Rabat, aims to overcome the lack of medical staff, said the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch.
In a statement to the press at the end of the signing ceremony of the framework agreement, the Head of Government indicated that this program is of priority importance for the resolution of the problem of lack of medical human resources, the achievement of the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for the number of doctors per 10,000 inhabitants by 2030, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, noting that this convention falls within the framework of the draft framework law relating to the national health system adopted on July 13, during the Council of Ministers chaired by King Mohammed VI.
This agreement, to which a budget of more than 3 billion dirhams has been allocated, “aims to increase the number of students in the faculties of medicine and pharmacy, to create 3 faculties of medicine and pharmacy and 3 university hospital centers in the towns of Errachidia, Beni Mellal and Guelmim, as well as the recruitment of nearly 4,000 new supervisors by 2030,” said the Head of Government.
For his part, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb noted that the signing of this agreement is part of the deployment of the first measures to implement the national health system reform project. .
This is indeed the application of the second provision of the health system reform project, relating to the strengthening of the training of medical human resources, Ait Taleb said, noting that Morocco is experiencing a real lack medical staff (32,000 doctors and 65,000 nurses), which requires the taking of emergency measures aimed at “reaching the standards of the World Health Organization set at 25 doctors for every 10,000 inhabitants”.
These first steps require the allocation of significant funds to reduce the number of years of training, increase the number of training institutions and strengthen management at the regional level, continued the government official.
For his part, the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui, stressed that this framework agreement “reflects a global vision aimed at ensuring the stability of Moroccan doctors in their country”, highlighting the centrality of human capital in the implementation of the social protection project.
In this sense, Miraoui indicated that this program will allow the recruitment of some 3,500 university professors by 2030, the improvement of the training offer in the medical field, the digitization of education, the opening of new training spaces and the increase in the number of supervising teachers.
In addition, the minister indicated that at the next academic year, the number of students admitted to the faculty of medicine will increase by 20%, a number likely to double by 2026.