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Coronavirus : Companies offer to house and provide food for health workers in Morocco

In Morocco, several companies have decided to support health workers as the country is battling against the novel coronavirus. These companies offer free meals and accommodate doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

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As Morocco is battling against the novel coronavirus, many Moroccans have showed that they can support their communities during these difficult times. Most of the initiatives launched by Moroccan companies have targeted health workers, with difficult schedules and stressful workdays.

In Marrakech and Casablanca, Food on Demand (FOD), a Moroccan restaurant chain, has offered to deliver free meals to health workers and hospitals. The humane initiative have pushed several other food and hospitality companies to do the same.

The Mfadel Group, a company that owns Ibis and Novotel hotels in the city of Mohammedia, announced, Tuesday, that it is ready to house and accommodate health workers, in the frontline to face the pandemic in the country. The company indicated that these workers could stay for free at its hotels.

The initiative, according to Mfadel Group, is a way of «recognizing and applauding the efforts and sacrifices made by health workers» during this period, a communiqué read. «We are extremely grateful to them and thank them for their commitment and selflessness. Our team is ready to assist the local authorities to ensure the organization of this operation in the best conditions», it added.

The Rio Appart-hotel in Tangier also announced this week that it is booking 25 rooms to accommodate health workers in the Tangier-Asilah region. Speaking to MAP, its director Hamid Achirif said that 18 doctors and nurses have already benefited from the initiative, stressing that the hotel will provide complete services to the beneficiaries.

For its part, Orange Maroc has «booked 60 rooms» at a hotel near the Casablanca University Hospital for the health workers working there. «While my friend and I were discussing the idea of booking rooms in a hotel near the University Hospital today, we were told that Orange Maroc has booked 60 rooms for health workers in Casablanca», said consultant and content creator Anas Bougataya on his Twitter account.

Free meals and water for health workers

For its part, «La Buvette du Maroc», which produces sandwiches and ready-to-eat meals for businesses and supermarkets, has announced that it will offer free sandwiches and home-cooked meals to the medical workers. «As a corporate citizen, La Buvette du Maroc is showing its solidarity with doctors and nurses in their daily struggles in the relentless fight against the Coronavirus pandemic», reports Food Magazine.

Oulmès Mineral Waters followed suit. According to Le Desk, the company belonging to the Bensalah family said it was committed, through its brand Sidi Ali, to «provide public hospitals across the Kingdom (patients and caregivers) with a million bottles of water for free, every week throughout the state of health emergency period».

For the record, doctors providing emergency care at Ibn Rochd Hospital have launched a call to request accommodation near hospitals.

This surge of solidarity comes as several Moroccan businessmen, private groups and public establishments continue to announce their contributions to the Special Fund for the management of the pandemic set up following Royal instructions to deal with this situation. Several personalities, celebrities and athletes have also launched initiatives aimed at caring for poor families.

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