The “Kedia Hospital” or “Hassan II Hospital”, is the most important health center visited by residents of the province of Settat, rather it was regional in nature, receiving patients and companions from Settat, Berrechid, Khouribga and Ben Suleiman, within the framework of the former territorial division, as well as victims of traffic accidents, under the network The highway that surrounds the capital Chaouia; As the “lung patients” made their way to a private hospital in the city of Ibn Ahmed, it closed its doors indefinitely and its building was reduced to ruins.
The health situation today in “Sbitar Al-Kiddiya”, as the neighbors like to call it, has become gloomy, and talk about it has moved to the pages of social networks, which are sometimes full of denunciation and other discontent. times, exposing a set of imbalances and practices, such as “intermediation, patronage and inappropriate treatment of patients and their companions”, as an expression of “regret for the reality that the Hassan II hospital center has become in the region , which was once raised to the regional rank of Chaouia and Ouardigha earlier”.
“The health establishment today is no longer in a position to provide basic health services to the people of the city, despite its restructuring, reforming its structure and equipping it with new equipment. On procrastination, clientelism, brokerage and bribery,” one of the citizens says in a tone of grumbling and desperation to improve the level of the health facility, or at least return it to what it was before.
Groups denounce health situation in the region
Bouchaib Al-Najjar, secretary general of the National Observatory for the Evolution of Public Life, the Fight against Corruption and the Protection of Public Funds, said in a statement to Hespress: “The Hassan II Hospital Center in Settat has known a number of of imbalances, especially the sex for work scandal; Which led to one of the nurses being put on theoretical duty for being a fake nurse in the emergency department.”
Al-Najjar went on to diagnose the internal situation of the health institution, pointing out that “it remains the same, despite the appointment of an interim director at the head of the Hassan II Hospital in Settat, especially since the hospital is going through a crisis. in the radiology service”, justified by the presence of a female doctor, who works two days a week. “In addition to a large number of patients who are waiting to benefit from the exam with the ‘scanner’, for which the waiting appointment reaches a year.”
The actor from the association described the problem of stopping the “scanner” services as a “dilemma”, before sounding the alarm, considering that the situation was “catastrophic” within the radiology department, and at the same time wished that the Minister of Health appoint doctors within the same department, lamenting what he described as “chaos”. The overwhelming situation inside the diagnostic center due to overcrowding, due to the absence of most of the medical specialists, with the exception of some honorable people who work with high professionalism. according to his time,” as he put it.
The spokesman registered to Hespress, “a serious shortage of blood despite the donation of various associations”, adding: “Some patients do not benefit from their right when they need this vital substance”, referring to what he described as the “lobbying ” controlling the blood department, and “exploiting that”. In the provision of the material to private clinics, after it was provided by the regional hemodialysis center of Casablanca, which makes things difficult for the beneficiaries of the “ramed” system to obtain it, who have been waiting for a long time”, as he expressed it.
Al-Najjar expressed his wishes for the establishment of a center at Settat Hospital for blood treatment, as well as an emergency department at the entrance of the hospital, with the strengthening of public security within the regional health center and the selection of private security guards according to efficiency and ethics respect patients and treat them well, to avoid the transgressions that occur from time to time, and repair the machines Cool the morgue and expedite the burial of unidentified persons, to avoid overcrowding, respect the sanctity of the dead and reduce the intrusion of odors from corpses, to improve the services of the authorities based on examinations and autopsies, including doctors and judicial officials, by creating a repository to keep the dead with the proper specifications.
As for the Department of Pediatrics, Bouchaib Al-Najjar explained that a unit for the resuscitation of premature babies had been established, but it did not provide its services, but was instead subject to loss and damage by those in charge of the hospital. the preparation of the maternity ward and cleaning work, with visits from the district worker.
The collective actor called on the regional health representative in Settat to “immediately move on to diagnose the situation first, treat it in accordance with the law and stop this farce second, with the ministry strengthening the will of human resources according to specialization and specialization in all departments, as the situation remains catastrophic in the emergency department,” he said.
The same spokesman also explained that “the situation remains the same in the hospital despite the appointment of a new interim director to head the administration of the health facility,” and pointed to “a conflict of interest and interference by some political parties that they have become a platform for premature electoral campaigns, while the weak citizen is exposed to oblivion and repression.”…”, as he put it.
Health representative clarifies
Mohamed Ait Al-Khidr, regional health delegate in Settat, explained in statements to the electronic newspaper Hespress that the Hassan II Hospital Center has, like other centers, important specializations, with a lack of some human resources, such as the radiology department, suffering from a severe shortage despite the availability of adequate equipment, as well as a shortage of doctors in the maternity department.
Ait Al-Khader pointed out the known shortage of the nearby hospital in the city of Ibn Ahmed, affiliated with the Hassan II Hospital Center in Settat, at the level of specialization in resuscitation, surgery and some nursing settings, adding that the visits made by the director regional and the director of human resources in Rabat will then overcome the obstacle of scarcity, to provide the elements to humanity and strengthen the health offer.
The representative of the health sector in the region denied that the Settat Hospital had become a transit station to Casablanca and private clinics, justified it by “the influx of sick cases from the Berrechid region,” and pointed to some of the reasons and limitations that make it necessary to refer a certain patient to Casablanca, such as the absence of a resuscitation doctor due to special circumstances, or the absence of the only surgeon at the Settat Hospital Center due to an administrative holiday, as well as the specificity of the reception structure and equipment in the University Hospital Center that are adapted to the pathology that is addressed.
The regional delegate invoked the phenomenon of the corridors outside the hospital, highlighting the seriousness of the work of the medical staff inside the facility, despite the presence of very few slips, and pointing to the incident of the kidnapping of a nurse who was performing her duties in that lawless hospital, so the measures were taken in a timely manner.
Regarding what is circulating about the duration of appointments and the generalization of bribes in the maternity department, the regional delegate explained that he has not yet received complaints of bribes, noting that the ministry is adopting a completely free strategy in childbirth. , as well as visits to hospital departments and questions to companions who deny all this type of practice.
Regarding the absence of doctors and their work in private clinics, their delay or their departure from their places of work before the legal time, Ait Al-Khidr said that this is controlled by the hospital administration within the framework of its duty. professional to monitor the departments and provide the delegate to take the necessary measures, highlighting the firmness of the Ministry in this section, in accordance with current laws. Work, such as salary withholdings or the presentation of the worker to the disciplinary councils, and summonses for the arrest of a doctor before, who refused to join the Settat Hospital.
The representative of the health sector in the capital Chaouia pointed to the almost administrative vacuum that the hospital knew, until the appointment of an interim director recently after the visit of the regional director of the health establishment, despite the announcement of parties to appoint a permanent director without that no one apply for this position, hoping that the new director will be an additional asset to the hospital by virtue of his experience.
The regional delegate highlighted the culmination of the reform and construction of the hospital and its restructuring, thanks to a ministerial program of the National Government in which everyone is working, to rehabilitate and equip the health sector facilities at all levels, within the framework of the social protection.
Regarding the delay in appointments for the surgery service, the regional delegate attributed it to the absence of a resuscitation specialist, explaining that the delegation urged the ministry to appoint a specialist doctor to solve the problem of surgical operations, given the absence of a resuscitation doctor and the presence of a single surgeon, which forces the number to increase, while he attributed the delay in appointments The diagnosis is due to the “Covid” period, while in the aforementioned section it has begun to work to reduce the number of waiting.
And regarding the social partners of unions, associations, elected officials and authorities, the regional delegate explained that there is a permanent dialogue, inferred from the reception by the delegation of a ministerial correspondence last week, urging communication with all partners in order to cooperate and consult to solve the problems of the sector.