Anas Doukkali presented the measures taken by his department in the Riaya operation
The Ministry of Health launched Operation Riaya 2018-2019 on Thursday to provide health coverage to residents in areas affected by cold and snow blows. Launched in accordance with the High Military Guidelines, King Mohammed VI, this operation will take place from 15 November to 30 March in order to ensure the continuity of health services in these regions, in line with the Health Plan 2025 guidelines. its component on the strengthening of primary health care facilities and the network of medical-social institutions and the development of mobile health in rural areas. At a ceremony held in Rabat on this occasion, Health Minister Anas Doukkali presented the measures taken by his department in this context, stressing that this operation targets 28 provinces in 7 regions with a view to ensuring a better care of the inhabitants of remote areas through local health services and the strengthening of basic, preventive and awareness-based health services at the health center.
This operation also aims at enhancing the activities of mobile medical units at the meeting points of the identified inhabitants within these regions and ensuring the management of detected cases through specialized medical caravans and designated reference hospitals in order to ensure the treatment of emergencies, Minister.
In order to do this, steps have been taken to ensure the availability of human resources, equipment and means of transport to the 360 health centers that have been relocated to the areas concerned for receiving and caring for patients. , aiming to perform 4,248 field visits by mobile medical units, he explained. Similarly, he said, 163 specialized medical caravans will be organized, alongside the creation of a coordination system between mobile medical units, the provincial emergency system and these caravans, with the possibility of using helicopter transport when necessary. It will also designate health reference institutions, establish a reference and counseling system in the affected provinces, mobilize a mobile hospital, and establish co-ordination mechanisms with partners in the health centers concerned, Doukkali said . He assured that in order to achieve the expected objectives, the Ministry will mobilize 2,458 medical and administrative health professionals, as well as biomedical equipment, namely ultrasounds, mobile medical analyzes, dental chairs and visual acuity measurement equipment. The means of transport will be supported by mobile medical and ambulance units as well as the option of helicopter transport when necessary. And to conclude that the ministry has dedicated an exceptional budget of 5 million DH for medical and medical equipment and 800,000 DH to cover fuel needs and maintenance of mobile units. This operation will concern the provinces of Chefchaouen, Larache, Ouezzane and Al Hoceima, Figuig, Taourirt, Driouech, Oujda-Angad, Jerada and Guercif (Oriental), Beni Mellal, Azilal and Kenifra Méndal-Khénifra), Midelt, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, Errachidia (Daraâ-Tafilalet), Boulemane, Sefrou, Ifrane, Taza and Taounate (Fez-Meknes), Taroudant, Chtouka Aït Baha and Tata (Souss-Haouz and Chichaoua (Marrakech-Safi)).
Operation Riaya 2018-2019 in figures
• Duration: from November 15, 2018 to March 30, 2019.
• 28 provinces targeted in 7 regions.
• 360 health centers covering the human resources, equipment and means of transport will be consolidated.
• 4,248 field visits planned by mobile medical units.
• 163 specialized medical caravans scheduled to meet identified needs for medical and treatment services.
• 2,478 health professionals mobilized (doctors, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and administrative staff).
• Exceptional budget of 5 million euros for medicines and medical equipment, issued by the central services of the Ministry of Health (in addition to the annual provincial budget).
• Exceptional budget of 800,000 DH assigned by the Ministry of Health's central services to cover the fuel needs and maintenance of mobile units.