With its high mountains and rugged coastline, Morocco is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries on the continent of Africa. As a result, it is a popular tourist destination. If you are travelling to Morocco, here are five things to remember to prevent injury.
- Food and water precautions: Do not drink tap water in Morocco unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically treated. This can result in nausea and diarrhoea. It is important not to consume undercooked fish or meat whilst in Morocco. Many types of fish contain biotoxins which renders them unsafe to eat, particularly barracuda.
- Swimming: Do not swim in any freshwater lakes or seas in Morocco as this can result in schistosomiasis. Ensure that you have been immunised in order to prevent the contraction of water-borne diseases such as typhoid. If you have had any unwanted contact with freshwater, dry yourself immediately with a towel to reduce the chances of contracting an infection. It is safe to swim in public baths that have been treated with chlorine. The beaches around Casablanca are polluted and therefore, unsuitable for swimming.
- Emergency services: If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that has resulted in injuries, the number for the police is 190, however, an ambulance service may not be available. If you require an ambulance in Casablanca then contact Amal Assistance at 022-36-44-36 or 022-39-20-03 or SOS Medecins Maroc at 022-25-25-25.
- Taking photos without permission: Morocco is a very traditional country and as such it is considered extremely rude and offensive to take a photograph of someone without their permission. This could result in an altercation, so it’s important to ensure that you have someone’s permission before taking their photo.
- Hire a guide: If you decide to undertake a climbing tour of the mountains, it may be an idea to hire an experienced guide who will provide you with safety equipment. This will reduce the chances of a slip, trip or fall when climbing.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice