* New oncology care center, staffed by 29 radiation and chemotherapy specialists, general practitioners, social workers and nurses, will be able to treat 2,000 Moroccans a year in the Meknes-Tafilalet region *
Maroc.ma/MAP (Meknes, Morocco, June 4, 2014) — On Tuesday, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Salma, President of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, chaired the inauguration ceremony of a new regional oncology center in the city of Meknes, worth $6.7 million. Construction of this center, located in the Moulay Ismail hospital, falls within the framework of the national plan for cancer control and prevention.
After having received details on the center’s performance and health care services for the Meknes-Tafilalet region, Princess Lalla Salma visited the facility which is built over 5,400 square meters and fills a gap in oncology medical care that had required cancer patients in the area to travel to centers in Fez or Rabat.
The product of a partnership between the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Health Ministry, the wilaya of the Meknes-Tafilalet region, and elected councils, this specialized center includes a check-up unit, a radiotherapy treatment unit, a chemotherapy unit, a pharmacy unit, a chemotherapy hospitalization ward, and a radiotherapy hospitalization ward, along with administration and general departments.
The center, which can treat up to 2,000 patients a year, seeks to reinforce and diversify health care offerings and bring medical services closer to the population, while facilitating access to medical care for cancer treatment in the Meknes-Tafilalet region.
The center is staffed by 29 medical practitioners with a high level of technical capability, including specialists in radiotherapy, chemotherapy and general practitioners, in addition to social workers and nurses.
The Meknes-Tafilalet region has already 166 centers for early detection of breast and uterine cancer, with 70 in the urban area and 96 in the rural area.