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SAMU-SMUR: Upgrade Acceleration Plan

The plan to accelerate the emergency upgrade 2019-2021, aimed at improving the quality of emergency medical assistance services, was launched this Tuesday in Sale, by the Ministry of Health.

The plan also aims to continue the development of emergency medical assistance services (SAMU) and mobile emergency and resuscitation services (SMUR) by creating “SAMU” in four regions, namely Drâa-Tafilalet, Beni Mellal -Khenifra, Guelmim-Oued Noun and Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab and the upgrade of existing SAMUs.

This plan also aims to increase the number of professionals working in emergencies and to implement a continuing education program. It aims to organize the career path of the emergency personnel and to review the decree relating to the indemnities of guards, of astreintes and permanences. Emergency medicine has been placed among the priorities of the ministry, Anas Doukkali said, recalling that the budget of the ministry for the year 2019 has increased by 10.4% compared to the year 2018, amounting to 16.3 Million MAD.

He claimed that the service Medical Call Control Centers (CRAM) through number (141) will be provided free of charge in all regions of the Kingdom, with the rehabilitation of urgent medical assistance services. It is planned to develop, in this sense, specialized emergency departments (pediatric emergencies, neonatologies, cardio-vascular, neurological, obstetric and traumatological), to provide the health transport with new equipment specific to each specialty and to renew the ambulance fleet, by acquiring new ambulances covering all regions of the Kingdom.

In this context, the Ministry plans the development of therapeutic protocols for the management of medical emergencies, the development of emergency tele-communication between university, regional and provincial hospitals and local hospitals and the acceleration of the promulgation of the law on pre-hospital emergencies and medical transport. At the same time, 30 “A” ambulances with high biomedical equipment, 144 fixed incubators and 24 mobile incubators were distributed to the regional hospitals concerned.

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