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    Cold Wave: King Mohammed VI Orders Preventive Medical Campaign in Central Morocco

    05 Nov 2018

    King Mohammed VI has given instructions to the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to mobilize in order to face the significant temperature drops forecasted across Morocco.

    Rabat – The first phase of the campaign, according to a statement from the foundation, was launched on November 3 in the Midelt region in central Morocco.

    The initiative aims to provide humanitarian assistance to regions affected by the cold weather. The Foundation carried out a medical campaign in the town of Boumia, which is located in the Midelt Province in the Drâa-Tafilalet region.

    The campaign will offer medical services, including general medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, maternal health, dentistry, ophthalmology, biology, radiology, and screening for physical disability in order to manufacture the appropriate equipment, according to the statement.

    The operation will also raise awareness and warn citizens in the region about cold weather-related diseases, including chronic illnesses, respiratory diseases, and rheumatism.

    In its medical caravan, the foundation is carrying seven fully-equipped medical units and pharmaceutical supplies in order to provide the necessary care and meet the demands of the populations under the best conditions.

    The statement added that social workers, volunteer doctors from the approved associations, as well as the staff of the regional health delegation are participating in this solidarity operation.

    The operation was also organized with the support of local associations in Boumia, the Royal Gendarmerie, the Auxiliary Forces, local authorities, and the Ministry of Health.

    The medical campaigns program was launched in 2003 to promote equal opportunities in access to basic health care for disadvantaged populations who do not have access to health facilities due to geographical remoteness and/or lack of social coverage. They also aim to provide care to as many people as possible.

    Since its launch in 2003, a total of 894 campaigns have been conducted, benefiting 1,066,608 people, added the statement.

    The cold weather caused the foundation to provide necessary aid to mountainous regions under royal instructions annually. The foundation distributes aid, including blankets and foodstuffs, in mountainous areas where isolation and cold temperatures can pose problems.


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