Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Morocco gets first marrow-transplant facility

Morocco on Tuesday inaugurated at the haematology and paediatric oncology section of the "20 August" hospital in Casablanca its first marrow-transplant for both children and adults.

This four-bed capacity unit, which can handle 15 transplants per year, requires highly trained personnel and costs between 50,000 and 200,000 euros in Europe, depending on the nature of the surgery.

Morocco`s Health Ministry in partnership with "Agir", a local Association, initiated the project, whose cost is 600,000 euros.

Princess Lalla Salma, King Mohammed VI`s wife and chair of an Anti-cancer Association, officially opened the facility.

The contribution of the "Lalla Salma Anti-cancer Association" to the onco-haematology division includes medico-technical equipment and beds, as well as the necessary equipment for a classroom where children could continue their schooling and take advantage of the recreation facilities during their treatment.

The haematology and oncology section, having children and adults` units and a daytime hospital has a capacity of 37 beds. It has a medical staff of 59 members including 4 professors, 13 resident medical doctors, and 14 Registered Nurses.

This section receives annually about 1,200 patients from various regions of the kingdom. It performs 2,947 medical acts, 2,889 blood transfusions, and 5,913 chemotherapy operations.


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