[Healthcare professionals and COVID-19 in Morocco: accident at work or occupational disease?]

2021-08-31

Self-denial and sense of duty are fundamental ethical principles in health care. Since the outbreak of health crisis, healthcare workers have been the first bulwark against the spread of coronavirus, and therefore, the occupational category at higher risk of contamination. In this regard, in a statement dated 23 March 2020, the World Health Organization published a guidance regarding the management of the disease caused by Covid-19 in health workers, but also in workers employed in all sectors exposed to the risk of contamination. In Morocco, the Ministry of Health published on April 6, on its official website, a condolence message to the families of the first two doctors died following contraction of coronavirus, while specifying that coronavirus infection was not due to the exercise of their professional functions. The Minister of Labor and Professional Integration recently appointed an internal committee to undertake a reflection on this issue. At present, given Morocco’s law, what are the chances to categorize coronavirus as an occupational disease?

Authors: Meryem Bouchalta, Ahmed Belhousse, Ghizlane Mouttarazouk
; Full Source: The Pan African medical journal 2021 Aug 31;39:283. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.39.283.30471.