Morocco-Gabon inventing African future together

By on March 10, 2014

The visit to Gabon is not a surprise to anyone, as king Mohammed VI has always included the Libreville phase in his trips in Africa.

Each of these visits provided opportunity to consolidate further the historical longstanding relations binding Morocco and Gabon, to sign more cooperation agreements, and to give a new momentum to investments, both at the level of state-owned companies and at the level of the private sector.

Economic relations between the two countries are described as very good and according to 2011 figures, Gabon  is Morocco’s leading trade partner in West Africa.

This bilateral cooperation is not limited to the trade and economic sectors only but also covers education and training. Hundreds of Gabonese students are attending Moroccan Universities and other higher institutes with grants from the Moroccan Government. Many Gabonese civil servants and even military also benefit from training and refreshing courses in Morocco.

The two countries are also bound by strong historical and religious ties.  Besides these very strong economic, cultural and spiritual ties, Morocco and Gabon have established a political partnership that defies time and men. Gabon has always been keen on preserving its firm political ties with the North African kingdom, and Morocco, under the reign of the late Mohammed V, the late Hassan II or under the reign of King Mohammed VI has always endeavored to upgrade its privileged partnership with the West African country.

Many Moroccan companies have also established in recent years in sub-Saharan Africa, in the image of Morocco Telecom, majority shareholder of Gabon Telecom.

This  royal trip to Gabon is providing a new opportunity to the two heads of states to reiterate their mutual commitment to the everlasting, outstanding relations binding the two countries.

HM King Mohammed VI and Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba visited, on Thursday, the Libreville Cancer Treatment Institute, located at the Agondjé University Hospital Center (CHU), north of the Gabonese capital

Details were given to the sovereign on this ultramodern Cancer Treatment Institute, carried out in partnership with the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

Built at the Agondjé CHU at the initiative of the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation, the new health facility is an achievement in terms of providing on-site health care to cancer patients and improvement of medical services in Gabon.

The Institute is meant to offer high-quality services to cancer patients, facilitate access to health care, promote all medical disciplines relating to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and develop scientific research on cancer.

A Moroccan medical staff is tasked with training and providing health care at the Institute.

The facility, which seeks, on the long run, to turn Gabon into a leader in Central Africa in the fight against cancer, includes a technical ward and a hospitalization ward of 18 beds.

The technical ward comprises a radiotherapy department, a nuclear medicine department, an outpatient chemotherapy unit, a unit of medical physics, a biomedical maintenance unit and a histopathology and tumor biology laboratory.

The institute also includes two linear particle accelerators, a gamma camera SPECT CT, a scanner simulator 16 bars, a hot laboratory for preparation of radiopharmaceuticals and 8 chemotherapy seats.

HM the King also visited the departments of pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, and maternity.

The Institute has four operation rooms (including neurosurgery and cardiac surgery), a laboratory (hematology, parasitology, immunology serum), a medical imaging, a central sterilization unit, and an outpatient clinic (pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology).

It has also departments specialized mainly in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, hepatogastroenterology, neurosurgery, surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, urology, stomatology, and dietetics.

The facility, which has a capacity of 160 beds, comprises also a pharmacy and technical departments.

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