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Health and Safety in Morocco

The health conditions in the Kingdom of Morocco are relatively poor, but programs of mass education in child and parent hygiene, as well as government supervised health services and colleges, have helped to raise standards. The country has adequate numbers of physicians (0.5 per 1,000) and hospital beds (1.0 per 1000) and poor access to water (82% of the population) and sanitation (75% of the population). According to the 1997 figures, there is 1 doctor for every 2,174 inhabitants and 1 hospital bed for every 1,020 inhabitants.

There are good medical facilities in all main cities, including emergency pharmacies and clinics in major hotels even serving after normal opening hours. Government hospitals provide free or minimal charge emergency treatment.

It is best to drink bottled water because the water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilization is needed. Freshly cooked meat and fish served hot is advised and avoid food and beverages obtained from street vendors. Also, do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked. Cooked foods that have been left at room temperature are particularly hazardous. Avoid unpasteurized milk and any products that might have been derived from it.

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.