His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco, Morocco and the Covid 19 crisis management

His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco, Morocco and the Covid 19 crisis management Lessons for a new development model

 

 

Following the directives of his Majesty  the King Mohammed VI, Morocco was able to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in an exemplary manner as evidenced by the stability of the epidemiological situation observed on its territory. Since the appearance of the first contaminated cases, Morocco has adopted a strategy to fight this pandemic and a series of firm and early preventive measures which have earned it to be considered  as a model internationally. Thus, starting from the  15th of March, Morocco was one of the first countries to order the closing of its borders, the brohibition of gathering, the closure of schools, mosques and non-essential businesses. The declaration of the state of sanitary emergency in Morocco, on the 20th of March, by establishing a strict confinement and a restriction of circulation on all the national territory and finally, the obligation to wear a mask as of April 7 for the people authorized to move, will reinforce the pre-established procedures.

As far as the health plan is concerned, one of the priorities of the Moroccan authorities has been to consolidate the health infrastructure with the acquisition of medical materials and equipments, the increase in testing and of the capacity of reception of infected cases with the creation of military field hospitals to strengthen the health care capacity for patients in several cities, the mobilization of industrial sector for the production of hydroalcoholic gel and the manufacturing of protective masks which have also been exported to several European and African countries, etc.

On the economic and social level, and under royal impetus, a special fund dedicated to the management of the coronavirus pandemic was created to finance expenditure on upgrading medical device, supporting the economy to preserve jobs and to mitigate the social repercussions of this crisis. This fund has raised more than 3 billion euros thanks to the momentum of solidarity generated by the pandemic, momentum which has also been expressed by a broad mobilization of public and private socially responsible companies as well as the civil society in order to provide assistance and support to the efforts made by the authorities. All the measures adopted made it possible to limit the spread of the virus on the national territory to 8,921 contaminations confirmed on June 16, running over a total population of nearly 40 million inhabitants. Another direct consequence of the measures taken is the low fatality rate recorded (2.38%) with only 212 deaths recorded.

The increase in the frequency of tests to 17500 per day has allowed to demonstrate a stagnation of contamination cases in certain regions, a decline in others while certain cities has already been declared coronavirus free. In parallel to the national response efforts, His Majesty the King launched an initiative at the level of heads of state aimed at creating an operational framework to support African countries in their various phases of pandemic management. Several States and International Organizations have praised the effectiveness of the measures taken by Morocco to fight against this pandemic.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, gave his very high instructions for sending medical aid to several brotherly African countries. The aid is intended to provide protective medical equipment to support the brotherly African countries in their efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This aid will benefit 15 African countries, belonging to all the sub-regions of the continent, namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mauritania, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad and Zambia.

At this stage in the evolution of the pandemic, several lessons can already be drawn:

– An exemplary burst of solidarity which transcended all social categories of the Moroccan society.

– A remarkable sense of inventiveness and creativity demonstrated by Moroccan industrialists and scientists.

– Morocco’s wealth resides in its human capital which has mobilized with fervor and generosity.

– This health crisis has made it possible to integrate new orientations into the reflection launched by Morocco for several months for the elaboration of a new development model.

 

Photo: Ambassade du royaume du Maroc en Belgique