Earthquake: Health situation ‘under control’ in affected areas in Morocco – WHO

The health situation in the areas affected by the earthquake that struck Morocco is “under control”, said Richard Brennan, Emergency Director at the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a statement to the Qatari channel Al Jazeera, broadcast Friday afternoon, Brennan said that the health situation in Morocco is “under control”.

The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb, had earlier said that the health sector had been able to mobilize the entire logistical and human arsenal to meet the needs of populations affected by the earthquake that struck Al Haouz and several other provinces of Morocco.

“We were able to bring the situation under control without having to mobilize human resources from other regions”, the Minister had said, stressing that all those involved in managing this disaster were working at full speed to help those affected.

relatedly, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, commended on Friday Morocco’s “distinguished” history of building up and investing in its own response capacities, highlighting, in this regard, the country’s action in the aftermath of the Al Haouz earthquake.

Morocco has mobilized “tremendous” resources to respond to the earthquake, pulling survivors from the rubble, providing medical care, and distributing essential aid, the UN official told reporters in Geneva.

Mr. Griffiths also highlighted “the incredible generosity of local organizations and volunteers from across the country.”

The United Nations “stands ready to support the immediate and longer-term national efforts, including on coordination,” he said.

 

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