By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, February 2, 2013
Khalid Lahlou, Director of the Population Directorate at the Ministry of Health, said on Friday that Morocco has made “remarkable strides” in reducing the number of deaths among mothers and new-born infants.
On the sidelines of a meeting hosted in Dubai on the issue, Lahlou told MAP news agency that the national programs launched by the Ministry of Health have helped reduce mother mortality rates from 227 deaths per one hundred thousand births in 2008 to 112 deaths in 2012.
In this regard, Lahlou pointed out that the four year action plan carried out by the Ministry (2008-2012) has reduced child mortality, particularly for children under the age of five.
The Health Ministry has succeeded in reducing deaths among five-year-old children by 64 percent from 1992 to 2011 by fighting the deadly diseases which children in Morocco usually suffer from.
Some officials have attributed this success to the fact that child and maternal health is among the priorities set by the Ministry.
Also, free maternity services that are offered in remote areas have considerably contributed to bettering the lives of so many new mothers and their newborn babies.
Vaccination campaigns in some neglected parts of Morocco have also accounted for the reduction in child mortality.
In regards to future plans envisioned by the Ministry to address maternal mortality, Lahlou added that pregnant women are in the process of having full access to free birth services, as well as medical check-ups to detect potential health problems during child birth.
Given Morocco’s participation in several international health forums, Lahlou envisages presenting the initiatives that the Ministry has taken, while also learning from foreign health specialists to further improve the health sector in Morocco.
Mr.Lahlou said that exchanging health experiences with other countries is, among other things, a way of developing the sector.
The health of women and children has been neglected in Morocco during the past few decades, which is why the Moroccan Ministry of Health has rung the warning bell in order to give this neglected aspect of life its due importance.
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