Rabat- The Ministry of Health’s National Poison Control and Pharmacovigilance Center (CAPM) has provided 1,100 antidote kits to treat cases of scorpion stings and snake bites in the most affected regions across the country.
Summer heat brings out venomous insects an animals in certain regions of the country.
According to CAPM, Each year 30,000 cases of scorpion stings and snake bites are reported in Morocco, particularly in the regions of Souss-Massa, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Fes-Meknes and Draa-Tafilalet.
Drawing from this, the Ministry of Health has implemented 140 antidote kits for scorpion and snake venom; 360 in Marrakech-safi region; 160 in Beni Mellal; 80 in Draa-Tafilalet; 60 in Feé-Meknes; and 70 in Settat and El Jadida.
In 2013, the ministry of Health launched the anti-venom initiative against venomous animals and insects.
The project includes the standardization of patient care, the training of medics and paramedics, and the implementation of a health education program.
CAPM recorded 16,843 cases of poisoning during 2016, an increase of 10.3 percent in comparison with 2015.
Additionally, CAPM recorded 27,944 cases of scorpion stings which caused the death of 52 persons in different regions in Morocco in 2017.