the government has drawn up an ambitious plan to increase the number of medical students

The government has drawn up an ambitious plan aimed at increasing the number of students in medical professions, as part of efforts to fill the gap in human resources in the health sector, indicated, Monday in Rabat, the Head of the government, Aziz Akhannouch.

This plan provides for the increase in the number of educational seats for students of the faculties of medicine, pharmacy and dentistry, as well as the extension of the frameworks of the practical internships so that they include the regional health structures, specified Aziz Akhannouch. who answered a question on “the national health system upgrade project”, during the monthly plenary session devoted to the government’s public policy in the House of Representatives.

The Head of Government added that this plan, which will be activated from the 2022-2023 school year, also aims to increase by 20% the number of students enrolled in public faculties of medicine and pharmacy. and private, as well as to double this figure at the end of this legislature.

To achieve these set objectives, continued Aziz Akhannouch, the government intends to provide the necessary human resources and financial means, by doubling the number of doctors who have graduated from faculties and by three that of winners from nursing schools.

He noted that this plan will make it possible, in the medium term (by 2025-2026), to exceed the staffing rate of 23 medical and paramedical staff per 10,000 inhabitants, as the minimum set by the World Health Organization ( WHO) to meet the needs of the population, and to achieve the quantified objectives of the New Development Model by 2035, i.e. 45 managers per 10,000 inhabitants.

Aziz Akhannouch emphasized the central role of human resources in the success of any reform of the health sector, in a context marked by an increase in the migration of Moroccan doctors (Between 30 and 40% of graduates from the faculties of Moroccan medicine), the low attractiveness of recruitment competitions in the public sector, the imbalance in the territorial distribution of medical personnel and the failure to achieve the objective of training 3,300 doctors per year by 2020.

The Head of Government noted that these indicators can lead to a drop in the number of doctors and, consequently, threaten the country’s ability to strengthen access to health services.

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