Tangier - King Mohammed VI inaugurated and launched, on Wednesday in Tangier, several projects under the flagship program "Tangier-Metropolis," and meant to reinforce the social and medical offer in the city.
Tangier – King Mohammed VI inaugurated and launched, on Wednesday in Tangier, several projects under the flagship program “Tangier-Metropolis,” and meant to reinforce the social and medical offer in the city.
King Mohammed VI inaugurated a Center for Autistic People at the Boubana neighborhood and launched the building works of a Center for Mentally Disabled People at the Achraqa neighborhood in the Gzenaya urban commune, a Center for Educating and Training Blind and Partially-Sighted People at the Dhar El Genfoud neighbourhood at the Beni Makada district and a Center for People with Chronic Diseases at the Bir Chifa neighborhood in the same district.
Worth MAD 37 million and spanning 18 months, these projects mirror the King’s solicitude for disabled people by providing them with all means to encourage their integration in the educational system, the social fabric and the professional life.
They also show the sovereign’s firm resolve to reinforce medical services and health care to meet the needs of citizens, mainly those with chronic diseases.
The Center for Autistic People is a socio-educational facility which seeks to provide assistance for the targeted category, support them and their families, and ensure for kids with autism the medical help necessary to facilitate their social integration.
The new center (MAD 8.5 million) comprises rooms for diagnosis, music therapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, a multipurpose room, a Padovane room, workshops for handicrafts (hairdressing, carpentry, drawing), classrooms, a canteen, a playground and a games field.
This facility, whose construction works were launched by King Mohammed VI in March 2014, was carried out under a partnership between the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), the ministries of interior and of national education and vocational training, and the prefecture of Tangiers-Assilah.
The Center for Mentally Disabled People (MAD 9.6 million) is aimed at preventing and offering early health care for special needs people at the socio-educational level, assisting disabled people’s families and promoting actions by associations in this area.
Fruit of a partnership between the ministries of interior and of health, the prefecture of Tangier-Assilah and the Gzenaya urban commune, the future center, to be built over a surface area of 1,386 square meters, will offer the services of general practitioners, psychiatrists and social workers. It will include an area to receive patients’ families, consultation rooms, computer and reading rooms, workshops, dormitories, a canteen and a multipurpose room.
As for the Center for Blind and Partially-Sighted People of Dhar El Guenfoud, it will enable people with eye-impairment to benefit from an adapted education and training to foster their active participation in social and professional life, promote their daily autonomy, and enhance their talents.
The Center (MAD 8.4 million) will include workshops for computer sciences, handicrafts, art and culinary skills, drop-in rooms, rooms for psychiatry and social aid, classrooms, reading rooms and rooms for sports and rest. It will be carried out as part of a partnership between the ministry of national education and vocational training, the Tangier-Assilah prefecture, the urban commune of Tangier and Entraide Nationale.
The sovereign also launched the construction works of a Center for People with Chronic Diseases in the Bir Chifa neighborhood, a project in line with efforts made by the monarch to improve access of poor people to health care and fight the irregularity of periodic medical follow-up which might worsen their condition.
This center (MAD 10.5 million) will help prevent, diagnose and treat chronic diseases (kidney failure, hypertension, diabetes), in addition to raising the awareness of the public concerning the seriousness of these pathologies and means to prevent them.
Fruit of a partnership between the INDH, the Health Ministry, the Tangier-Assilah prefecture, and the Tangier Urban Commune, the future facility will be built over a surface area of 1,800 square meters and will comprise rooms for consultation, dialysis, functional exploration and nutrition education.
To further promote medical care in the region, the health ministry purchased, as part of the SAMU program (service of emergency medical assistance), a helicopter and three ambulances.