GIS – 12 June 2017: The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life organised today in Ebène an induction course for 319 newly enlisted Medical and Health Officers in view of providing them with clear guidelines on the modus operandi of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
The appointment of the latest batch of Medical and Health Officers results from a selection exercise and written examination carried out in May 2017 to assess their knowledge, skills and competencies. The new recruits will be responsible for the delivery of continuing quality health care services in regional, district and specialised hospitals and within the community services including Rodrigues and Agalega.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the acting Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, outlined the vision of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, which is to have a healthy nation with a constantly improving quality of life. Three key values are required namely patients first, work together and fresh thinking, are needed to achieve this vision, he said.
Stressing the necessary contribution of Medical and Health Officers in achieving that vision, Mr Sawmynaden made an appeal to the recruits to live up to their responsibilities and obligations, and constantly strive to improve their skills. According to the Minister, the qualities to be cultivated by the doctors comprise hard work, discipline and punctuality; adequate bedside manner and customer care; caring, supportive and empathetic attitudes towards both patients and their family; professional behaviour at all times; good communication and counselling skills; and team spirit, among others.
The Minister also spoke of the challenges faced by the health system. These include the demographic transition with an ageing population and decreasing fertility rate; the burden of premature morbidity, mortality and disability associated with non-communicable diseases and their risk factors; and increasing expectations of patients for quality clinical services through modern infrastructure and high-skilled human resources.
With regard to projects in the pipeline to enhance health quality care for Mauritians, the Minister said that with the assistance of the Government of India, a modern Ear, Nose and Throat hospital project is being implemented while an Indian consultancy firm is assisting the country in embarking on a new high-technology cancer initiative in line with international standards. A new modern regional hospital in Flacq; a state-of-the-art central health laboratory service; the upgrading of Dr Yves Cantin Community Hospital in Black River; and new Mediclinics in Floreal, Quartier Militaire, Coromandel, Rose-Hill and Bel-Air are other health projects which would enhance patients-centred services.
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