GIS - October 22, 2012: The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Lormus Bundhoo, inaugurated the extension of the Cardiac Unit and Intensive Care Unit at Victoria Hospital, Candos, on Friday 19 October.
Implemented to the tune of some Rs 110 m, the new facility is among a series of health infrastructural projects aimed at providing better patient care to the population. It has two floors. The ground floor, dedicated to the Coronary Care Unit, comprises seven beds to cater for patients with acute coronary problems. The first floor houses the Intensive Care Unit with some 11 beds. An additional Catheterization Lab, where Coronary angiography and angioplasty are performed, will be set up soon.
In his inaugural address, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life stated that the Government is committed to continue providing universal, accessible and efficient health services free of cost to any user. He said that no stone will be left unturned to upgrade health institutions and modernise the health system. Concrete examples, he said, are the upgrading of the cardiac services at Victoria Hospital as well as the decentralisation of cardiac services with the setting up of cardiac units at SSRN Hospital, Dr Jeetoo Hospital, J.Nehru Hospital, and Flacq Hospital.
According to Mr Bundhoo, in order to uphold cardiology services across the islands several measures have been initiated. They include the establishment of a roster to enable interventional cardiology for treatment of patients with acute heart attack (acute myocardial infarction), performed at Victoria Hospital and the Cardiac Centre at SSRN Hospital, and the setting up of a team headed by a Consultant in Charge working together with fully qualified cardiologists, Medical Officers and nurses for the management of cardiac units.
The Minister also announced that the Catheterization Lab of the New Dr Jeetoo Hospital will be operational soon. He added that at the same time, the new in-patient block of Dr Jeetoo Hospital has made provisions for a 6-bedded coronary care unit with a Catheterization Lab and a 23-bedded post-intensive ward.
The Cardiac Unit at Victoria Hospital is deemed a centre of excellence. The first cardiac unit at Victoria Hospital was opened in 1981 with only limited services while the inpatient services started in March 1982, revolutionising the treatment of cardiac patients in Mauritius. The increase in the number of patients attending the Cardiac Unit led to the construction of an Outpatient Block in 1988. In 2004, a Catheterization Lab was set up at Victoria Hospital where Coronary angiography and angioplasty are performed. Since then over 8,000 patients have undergone angiography and over 3,000 have had angioplasty with stent implantation.