Covid-19: Over 35,000 People Checked at Crossing Points until March 8 (ministry)

Rabat – More than 35,000 people were checked at all land, maritime and air-crossing points in Morocco until March 8, 2020, as part of the precautionary measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, several measures have been adopted as part of precautionary measures taken in coordination with all stakeholders, including the strengthening of medical checks at land, maritime and air-crossing points for travellers coming from regions affected by the disease, the ministry added in a statement.

These measures also include the setting up of medical isolation units for suspected cases as well as tests at the laboratory (in all regions and provinces), in addition to mobile medical isolation units.

Moreover, the two national reference laboratories of the ministry of Health, namely the National Institute of Hygiene and the Pasteur-Maroc Institute in addition to the military laboratories, were provided with the necessary medical equipment for this purpose, it said, adding that equipped ambulances were mobilized at the various crossing points in the kingdom.

Training and awareness-raising sessions for health professionals on the disease, the diagnosis methods, management of possible cases and measures to prevent the spread of the virus were also carried out, it said.

In addition to that, two meetings of the National Expert Commission were held to agree on standards for diagnosis and treatment, the source added.

In terms of governance and coordination, the ministry has focused on activating the Central Commission for Intersectoral Coordination, ensuring continuous coordination with the various stakeholders through a centralized steering center as well as promoting awareness and communication via the toll-free hotline “Allo Yakada 0801004747” in order to better inform citizens about covid-19.

Similarly, a website dedicated to covid-19 disease has been created on the electronic portal of the ministry and is updated twice a day, it said.

Officials from the ministry of health participated in TV and radio shows in order to raise public awareness, while awareness-raising leaflets were distributed in all the regions of the Kingdom, alongside the programming of communication campaigns at the regional and local levels.

According to the same source, as the virus spread in some European, Asian and Arab countries, Moroccan authorities have strengthened their preparation at the various border crossing points and at the reference hospitals.

The number of beds has been increased for the treatment of possible cases in several hospitals, while crisis cells were set-up at several Moroccan consulates and embassies in countries affected by the epidemic in order to communicate with the Moroccan community and provide them with the necessary prevention and protection advice.

These measures also relate to the postponement of sports and cultural events scheduled in the country, the cancellation of mass gatherings and the management of trips to and from countries affected by the disease, as well as the suspension until further notice of flights to and from Italy.

According to the ministry, 78 possible cases were detected, including one death and 5 confirmed cases, while the tests of 73 cases turned out to be negative until March 11, 2020.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Covid-19: Over 35,000 People Checked at Crossing Points until March 8 (ministry)

Rabat – More than 35,000 people were checked at all land, maritime and air-crossing points in Morocco until March 8, 2020, as part of the precautionary measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, several measures have been adopted as part of precautionary measures taken in coordination with all stakeholders, including the strengthening of medical checks at land, maritime and air-crossing points for travellers coming from regions affected by the disease, the ministry added in a statement.

These measures also include the setting up of medical isolation units for suspected cases as well as tests at the laboratory (in all regions and provinces), in addition to mobile medical isolation units.

Moreover, the two national reference laboratories of the ministry of Health, namely the National Institute of Hygiene and the Pasteur-Maroc Institute in addition to the military laboratories, were provided with the necessary medical equipment for this purpose, it said, adding that equipped ambulances were mobilized at the various crossing points in the kingdom.

Training and awareness-raising sessions for health professionals on the disease, the diagnosis methods, management of possible cases and measures to prevent the spread of the virus were also carried out, it said.

In addition to that, two meetings of the National Expert Commission were held to agree on standards for diagnosis and treatment, the source added.

In terms of governance and coordination, the ministry has focused on activating the Central Commission for Intersectoral Coordination, ensuring continuous coordination with the various stakeholders through a centralized steering center as well as promoting awareness and communication via the toll-free hotline “Allo Yakada 0801004747” in order to better inform citizens about covid-19.

Similarly, a website dedicated to covid-19 disease has been created on the electronic portal of the ministry and is updated twice a day, it said.

Officials from the ministry of health participated in TV and radio shows in order to raise public awareness, while awareness-raising leaflets were distributed in all the regions of the Kingdom, alongside the programming of communication campaigns at the regional and local levels.

According to the same source, as the virus spread in some European, Asian and Arab countries, Moroccan authorities have strengthened their preparation at the various border crossing points and at the reference hospitals.

The number of beds has been increased for the treatment of possible cases in several hospitals, while crisis cells were set-up at several Moroccan consulates and embassies in countries affected by the epidemic in order to communicate with the Moroccan community and provide them with the necessary prevention and protection advice.

These measures also relate to the postponement of sports and cultural events scheduled in the country, the cancellation of mass gatherings and the management of trips to and from countries affected by the disease, as well as the suspension until further notice of flights to and from Italy.

According to the ministry, 78 possible cases were detected, including one death and 5 confirmed cases, while the tests of 73 cases turned out to be negative until March 11, 2020.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse