Telemedicine, Generic Drugs, Cheating to Take Center Stage in Friday Government…


Rabat- The Government Council scheduled for Friday, May 25, will discuss issues surrounding telemedicine, generic drugs, and academic cheating. Government officials will examine three draft decrees including a new government project: telemedicine which allows the exchange of information regarding the patient’s health condition from a location to another, through electronic communication.Telemedicine has the potential to bring many benefits to the Moroccan health system, beginning with facilitating the diagnosis process, especially for those living in rural areas. Telemedicine could also increase communication between doctor and patient that usually happens through a nurse or assistant. In addition, it could give doctors’ access to the patient’s personal medical data. After the government officials sign the telemedicine draft decree, the Ministry of Health’s new commission specialized in telemedicine will be sent to verify the reliability the telemedicine equipment.The other draft decrees to be discussed are on the bioequivalence of generic drugs and preventing cheating in exams.Recently, the Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research which recorded more than 3,048 cases of baccalaureate cheating in 2016, installed classroom cameras for baccalaureate candidates’ final exam. The current anti-fraud law punishes exam candidates caught with smartphones, tablets, or other communication devices.Moreover, installing cameras will ensure equality between students and enable them to realize the graveness of cheating.  At the close of Friday’s meeting, the Council will consider and approve the appointment of new senior officials. As a side note, the governmental meeting on Friday will not be attended by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, who is expected to attend the 53rd African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings (AfDB) that end May 25 in Busan, South Korea.

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