Morocco continues to open healthcare centers specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer to increase coverage for cancer patients in different regions.
Rabat – A center for medical imaging and oncology will open in Oujda, northeast Morocco, announced Oncology & Diagnosis of Morocco (ODM), Morocco’s leading healthcare platform offering oncology and diagnostics services, on Wednesday.
The clinic, called Oriental Al Kindy, will offer quality healthcare and some of the most advanced technologies to treat cancer.
Established by local and foreign experts, the clinic has been under construction for 2 years and cost MAD 100 million. The 4,100-meter-square facility has five floors and can host 6,000 patients a year.
It consists of six medical units, consultation rooms, a chemotherapy room, radiotherapy and radiophysics unit, a High Dose Rate Brachytherapy unit, and a digital mammography unit, according to ODM.
The clinic is also equipped with two ultrasound scanners.
Late in January, Morocco opened a low-cost anti-cancer industrial complex in Bouskoura, near Casablanca, the first of its kind in Africa.
The medical complex, established by the Moroccan pharmaceutical company,Sothema manufactures serum and makes cancer-fighting biotechnological medicine available at low prices.
The medical complex seeks to provide high-quality early cancer treatment to Moroccan citizens at affordable prices, reduce cancer mortality, and improve the country’s healthcare sector.
The cancer mortality rate has increased in Morocco in the past few years, especially that of cervical cancer.
A new interactive map by the MENA Coalition for HPV Elimination and the Tunisian Center for Public Health, shared with MWN, shows that cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among Moroccan women.
In 2018, about 2,465 women died of cervical cancer of the 13.2 million women in Morocco. The number of deaths caused by cervical cancer per year nearly doubled in the country between 2012 and 2018, increasing from 1,076 to 2,465, according to the coalition.