The kick-off of a medical caravan, initiated by the Anouar Association will be effective on February 7 to 9, 2020 at the Community Center of Ait Faska.
The residents of Ait Faska will benefit from this initiative under the leadership of Mohamed Dekkak, President of the Anouar Association. He indicated that this caravan aims to raise awareness and contribute to the fight against diseases that are likely to cause blindness. This operation mobilizes a medical staff made up of surgeons specializing in ophthalmology and anesthesia, technicians, nurses and administrative managers.
The objective is to significantly reduce the progression of these eye pathologies which are the cause, not only of the blindness of a good number of individuals but also of impacts on their social and economic lives.
This caravan is part of the social activities of the Anouar association for the environment and development, the aim of which is to examine needy patients and provide them with free care and medication on site.
This medico-social initiative is part of the Anouar Association’s program to combat cataracts and bring health services closer to people in rural and mountainous areas in precarious situations to better meet their needs and improve their accessibility to medical services, through the intensification of visits field of mobile health units for eye consultations and surgeries relating to eye diseases.
Blindness in Morocco: a structural problem
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. To effectively combat reversible blindness due to cataracts, 3,000 cataract operations per million inhabitants should be performed each year! A challenge that several countries do not take up, including Morocco.
Indeed, for a population of around 33 million Moroccans, almost 100,000 cataracts must be operated each year. In reality, official figures indicate that only about half of the cases with this eye disease are operated on by the public and private sectors combined. This alarming deficit in terms of cataract operations today concerns around 50,000 cases each year, awaiting a therapeutic surgical act!
The lack of generalized medical cover and the high cost of surgical treatment constitute the major obstacle to the care of patients, especially the most disadvantaged.
Cataracts: A plague among the poorest
Cataracts are a visual disease that is characterized by an opaque (less transparent) lens, which prevents light from passing through the eye, resulting in blurred vision.
The cataract occurs with age, mainly because of aging. It must be operated imperatively, to avoid any risk of losing vision.
Certain factors can increase the risk of cataract attack, in particular, heredity, diabetes, tobacco, old traumas or eye diseases, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, high exposure to UV rays of the sun.
Only surgery can cure cataracts. It is a trivialized and proven operation, through the technique of phacoemulsification extraction: the cataract is emulsified and aspirated by a small orifice, then the opaque lens is replaced by a transparent artificial lens, which will allow you to cover a clear and clear vision.
This technique is a real revolution. It is done under local anesthesia, lasts only a few minutes and allows rapid visual recovery (in a few hours) and complete healing in a month.
This mobile ophthalmology caravan is made up of a medical platform and a surgical platform. A team of doctors, nurses, opticians, technicians, and assistants are also part of the expedition, with a view to:
- Dispensing medical and surgical procedures;
- Practice screening actions in children, the elderly and the population in great precariousness;
- Take preventive actions;
- Ensure an annual follow-up of the patients.
Through this medical caravan initiative, patients who will benefit will also recover their dignity and become independent. They can thus access education, literacy or employment. Better health leads to a reduction in precariousness and poverty.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, this campaign, which is in the spirit of the Anouar Association, translates the values of solidarity and mutual aid that animate all Moroccans.