Morocco/Covid-19: Subsidized Masks Available for Sale in Pharmacies

The protective masks subsidized by the Special Fund for the management of the pandemic of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) will be for sale in the Moroccan pharmacies, said Dr. Hamza Guedira, President of the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists, on Monday in Casablanca.

“Within 24 or 48 hours, the arrangements will be put in place to start this operation of selling masks subsidized by the Special Fund for the management of Covid-19 as a part of this national effort,” he said in a statement to the press after a meeting with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

He also highlighted the willingness of the pharmaceutical profession to contribute to the distribution of protective masks and thus play their role in the fight against the pandemic of the new Coronavirus Covid-19.

For his part, Souad Moutaouakkil, President of the Southern Regional Council of the Order of Pharmacists (CROPS), said that the public authorities have made huge efforts, noting that “the industrial sector, of which we are proud, has managed to produce masks in mass for the protection of citizens.

She invited “citizens to get involved in this effort by considering themselves as potential carriers of the virus in order to protect their families, neighbors and surroundings”.

In order to quickly make the masks available to citizens, the public authorities have opted for their sales via local shops and supermarkets, Moutaouakkil said, expressing the willingness of the pharmaceutical industry to join this effort.

Thus, when selling these masks in pharmacies, “these health professionals will be able to provide purchasers with practical advice on how to wear and remove these masks without running the risk of spreading the virus in their entourage,” she explained. For his part, Moulay Hafid Elalamy said that this meeting focused on the commitment and responsibility of the pharmaceutical sector in supporting citizens during this period of crisis.

“We discussed the type of masks that will be marketed in pharmacies,” he said, recalling that until now, these pharmacies did not have the masks of 80 cents.

Elalamy also highlighted the examination of the possibility of marketing hydro-alcoholic gels only in pharmacies after having previously put them on sale in supermarkets.

In addition, he said that the production of 100% Moroccan visors, which can be used for up to one month with regular disinfection, has reached 70,000 units per day. “We discussed the supply of these visors to pharmacies in an abundant way and as soon as possible”.

And to conclude: “We are working hand in hand with all sectors that can accompany the ministry to provide citizens with these means of protection at reasonable prices and within reasonable time frames.

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