More than 2 million Moroccans have diabetes

The Moroccan Ministry of Health indicates that half of them are women.

In Morocco, more than two million people of 25 years and older diabetes and 50% of them are women, reports the Ministry of health.

In a statement on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day which was celebrated this year under the theme "women and Diabetes", emphasizes the Ministry that the Moroccan female diabetic is not always easy to her illness under control and at the same time her family and professional responsibilities. In the absence of regular medical check-ups can diabetes lead to problems in the creation of children and complications to the health of the mother and the fetus or newborn during pregnancy or childbirth.

The Ministry of health recognizes the importance of diabetes prevention and control and has made it a priority in his strategy. It works to improve care for people with diabetes through screening and extend the offer of care by strengthening health centres for women with diabetes. Especially for pregnant women, by giving them free medical monitoring to ensure a pregnancy without risks to their health and that of their children.

A number of measures by the Ministry include the increase in the budget for the purchase of medication, the strengthening of education about diabetes and its complications and the development of a partnership with socialezekerheidsorganisaties, the private sector and civil society with regard to the education of a child with diabetes.

The Ministry of health provides the necessary care and availability of free medicine at the level of primary health care to 748,000 diabetics, of whom 64% women, and with more than 325,000 are pending. It mobilizes an annual budget of about 156.7 million dirham for the purchase of insulin and oral medication and 15 million dirhams for the purchase of medical-technical equipment for the detection of diabetes and monitoring of diabetics, according to the statement.

Diabetes extends forward, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). In 2016, there were 422 million people worldwide diabetic and this number would reach 2030 552 million, half of the people with diabetes are undiagnosed.