King Mohammed VI proceeded, this Tuesday in the medina of Marrakesh, the inauguration of a primary health care center and another of addictology, two solidarity projects that are in line with the program of urban requalification of Hay El Mellah.
Supported by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, these projects, whose work was launched by the Sovereign on January 10, 2017, aim to strengthen the health supply through the implementation of a medical service of proximity and quality that responds to the needs of citizens, especially those in vulnerable situations.
Thus, the Primary Health Care Center should promote access of poor people to health care, accelerate the response to a medical emergency and combat the irregularity of medical monitoring, causing aggravation of the state of health of people with chronic diseases.
Built on 630 m², this Center is an integral part of an action plan led by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and aimed at supporting the national medical sector, through the establishment of an accessible community care network to populations, and the integration of a complementary social approach into the support mechanisms of patients and beneficiaries.
It responds to a very pressing need for medical accessibility in a neighborhood with a large population served by a single health center and where the nearest hospital remains relatively remote.
The result of a partnership between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and the Ministry of Health, the new Center (10 MMAD) has a medical emergency unit (consultation, observation, care and plaster rooms), and another management of chronic diseases (cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, endocrinology).
It also includes a day hospital, oral care, radiology, vaccination and maternal health rooms, as well as a medical laboratory and a pharmacy. An awareness service is also provided to promote good health and hygiene practices.
The second project inaugurated by the Sovereign is the El Mellah District Addiction Center, the second of its kind by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity in the Ocher City.
A privileged tool for care, awareness, diagnosis, prevention and psycho-social support, this Center (4 MMAD) is part of a national program against addictive behavior implemented since 2010, by the Foundation in partnership with the Ministries of Health and the Interior.
This national program aims to protect young people against the use of psychoactive substances, improve the quality of care for addicts, particularly drug users, accessibility to care facilities, as well as to encourage the use of psychoactive substances, involvement of civil society and social departments in the problems of addiction.
Like those carried out by the Foundation in Casablanca, Rabat, Oujda, Nador, Marrakesh (Gueliz district), Tetouan, Tangiers, Fez, Agadir and Meknes, the new Addictology Center aims to develop awareness-raising activities, and prevention against the use of narcotics, ensure the individualized, medical and social care of people suffering from addictive behavior and work for the effective involvement of families in prevention actions.
It also aims at the social reintegration of the people concerned, as well as the supervision and training of associations in the field of risk reduction.
With a covered area of 460 m², the Addictology Center of the El Mellah district has a social support center (body and artistic expression room, computer room, gym, associative office), and a training center, medical care including treatment rooms, consultation in general medicine, consultation in psychiatry-psychology, and consultation in addictology.
The Center is managed by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the regional association “Baraka Idman” (Stop Addiction).
On that occasion, King Mohammed VI handed over, respectively, to the Primary Health Care Center and the Addictology Center, an ambulance and a mobile unit that is to be used for outreach to drug users, to contact, information, risk awareness, provision of means of prevention, and transportation of target persons to their place of treatment.