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Government’s health care plan bolstered to contain Covid-19 pandemic

Date: April 03, 2020
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 03 April, 2020: The health care plan comprising proactive measures bolstered by Government to contain the pandemic, has enabled some 3155 tests to be conducted, as at date, including some 600 tests yesterday. Mauritius counts an additional 17 Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 186, including seven deaths. Currently, 1661 persons are under quarantine.

The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal, shared the facts at the daily press briefing of the National Communication Committee on Covid-19, this evening at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.

Speaking about the early detection of positive cases, he attributed it to the rigorous contact tracing exercise being carried out by Health officials. He recalled that this exercise is helping to prevent further contamination through isolation and treatment of the patients, hence enabling the country to have a good control of the pandemic.

With regard to personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals, he assured that the Ministry has the necessary protective equipment for its employees as well as the essential medical supplies to deal with any increasing or urgent demand brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Minister, four centres, namely the Souillac Hospital, the ENT Hospital, the Pointe aux Piments Recreational Centre and the Victoria Hotel, are providing healthcare facilities and adequate treatment to Covid-19 patients. The two hospitals are equipped to take charge of Covid-19 patients who are in a critical state. The number of patients admitted in these centres are as follows: 20 patients in the Souillac Hospital, 46 at Pointe aux Piments Recreational Centre, 87 at Victoria Hotel and 20 at the ENT. Six other patients will be admitted shortly, he added.

As for the Director of Health Services, Dr Vasantrao Gujadhur urged the population to ponder over their priorities by considering that the spread of the pandemic on our territory is mostly due to the non-compliance of the confinement measures by many. He underlined that out of the 186 Covid-19 cases, 82 cases are imported, while 104 are locally transmitted. He deplored the absence of civic responsibility which could batter the country’s economy, and put an increasingly unsustainable burden on the healthcare system.

To those with suspected Covid-19 infection, Dr Gujadhur recommended self-isolation,until Health Officers carry out the necessary tests, to protect other family members from contamination. He also spoke about the need for everyone, in the wake of the increase inof Covid-19 cases and deaths, to take personal precautionary measures.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr Krishna Jhugroo expressed satisfaction with the slight positive behavioural change by those who went grocery shopping today compared to the previous day. He stressed on the need to maintain social distancing when going out, to avoid contamination.

He indicated that more Police Officers are being deployed to ensure that the public adheres to safety measures and added that some 1100 Police Officers were present at various supermarkets. Additionally, he indicated that, today, the Police reprimanded some 36 persons for not respecting shopping rules including three bakery owners. 

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