After the deaths of three children infected with meningitis in the southeast province of Zagora, media allegations implied a “worrying spread” of the disease, raising concern among the public. The Ministry of Health released a statement on Wednesday assuring the situation was under control.
The statement said: “The province of Zagora has recorded 6 cases of meningitis in 2017, while 7 cases were recorded until 13 August 2018.” The statement went on to establish that six of the seven cases resulted in healing, and only one infant perished from the infection.
The Ministry of Health says it has maintained a well-defined, nationally-based surveillance program to control the epidemiological situation regarding meningitis according to the statement.
According to the ministry, not only do health officials closely monitor the disease, health providers carefully manage and register cases to ensure the disease will not spread. Vaccinations, preventive treatments, prompt diagnosis, medical examinations, and sensitization are included within the health ministry’s protocol.
The ministry continued to reassure the Moroccan public by stating the regional offices in Daraa-Tafilalet will closely monitor the situation as they maintain their mission of preserving the health of the Moroccan population. The health ministry noted its desire to set the public’s mind at ease and stated the department will remain vigilant and mobilized in case of emergencies.