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Health Minister outlines priority areas and projects to improve health sector in Mauritius

Health Minister outlines priority areas and projects to improve health sector in Mauritius

The Accident and Emergency Services will be revamped, where discussions will start this week with a Professor from the University of Bordeaux for training of Emergency Physicians, so that in three years’ time the Accident and Emergency Department will be manned by Specialists in Emergency Medicine. (Image: akronchildrens)

In an attempt to improve the health sector in Mauritius, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Anil Gayan has outline during the launch of the new ophthalmology services at Souillac Hospital, last Thursday, the priority areas and projects to be implemented this year.

In line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination will be introduced by early next year for the prevention of cervical cancer.

A new cancer centre with state-of-the-art equipment, namely a Linear Accelerator with a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan, will also be made available by 2016 in order that cancer care of the highest international standard can be provided to the citizens.

Regarding the Methadone Substitution treatment, a phased decentralisation programme has started on Saturday January 10, 2015 at Beau Bassin/ Petite Rivière, where the aim, overtime, is to wean off clients from this treatment.

In order to meet the goal of this a programme will be started soon.

Furthermore, in order to enhance the level of security and cleanliness in health institutions a list of measures will be undertaken to improve hospital services to provide patients and staff with a more conducive environment.

The measures  include the setting up of information and complaints desks in each hospital; optimum use of operating theatres after normal working hours to reduce waiting time for surgeries: the setting up of a Vascular surgery unit for the treatment of complex vascular diseases and prevention of amputation; the introduction of a strict system of staggered appointment to reduce crowding and long queues as well as establishment of appointments by consultants and specialists in consultation with patients; provision of glucose meters to diabetics receiving medical home care; and education and sensitisation initiatives to enable patients make optimum use of services.

Furthermore, the Accident and Emergency Services will be revamped, where discussions will start this week with a Professor from the University of Bordeaux for training of Emergency Physicians, so that in three years’ time the Accident and Emergency Department will be manned by Specialists in Emergency Medicine.

The primary health care system will also be part of this change, where it will be re-engineered to reduce the pressure on the Regional Hospitals, and a Master Plan will also be formulated and implemented.

In a first instance, 50 Medical and Health Officers will be trained by the University of Bordeaux to serve as Family Doctors.

A modern warehouse will also be constructed to enhance storage facilities for drugs and medical disposables, where a special committee will be set up to ensure the timely purchase of quality medicines and the elimination of wastage in public health institutions.

The Medical Council, the Dental Council and the Pharmacy Acts will also be reviewed, whereas a new Pharmacy Council Bill, a Health Professional Bill and Private health institutions regulations will be introduced.

Finally, undergraduate and postgraduate training will undergo an in-depth review while continuing professional development will become mandatory for renewal of practising licenses at the Medical and Dental Councils.

A master plan on Human Resources for Health will also be set  to ensure proper manpower planning.

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