GIS - 07 August, 2018: The first edition of the Indo-Mauritian Urology Conclave 2018, aimed at discussing the latest innovation and sharing knowledge recorded in the field of urology, opened yesterday at the Radisson Blu Azuri Resorts Hotel in Rivière du Rempart. The Minister Mentor, Minister of Defense and Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, Lady Sarojini Jugnauth, and other eminent personalities were present.
In his keynote address, the Minister Mentor highlighted that the Indo-Mauritian Urology Conclave comes at an opportune time since Mauritius is faced with an increasing number of patients diagnosed with urological problems. He underlined that in 2017, some 12 476 patients suffering from genitourinary diseases received treatment in public hospitals. Moreover, the death rate registered due to renal complications has increased from 139 in 2015 to 160 in 2017, he added.
He pointed out that public hospitals do not have a full-fledged urological unit adding that Mauritius should be endowed with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and specialised healthcare services to better respond to the needs of the population. Government, he emphasised, is investing in appropriate infrastructure and putting together the required expert resources in hospitals to deliver quality health care service.
On this score, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, underlined that some Rs 7 billion has been injected in the construction of the new ENT Hospital, a new Cancer Hospital at Solferino in Vacoas; a new Teaching Hospital at Flacq; and an Eye Hospital at Réduit with a view to positioning Mauritius as a medical centre of excellence in the Indian Ocean. He added that a new Renal Transplant Unit will also be set up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital.
For his part, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, highlighted that the idea behind the Conclave 2018 is to deepen the knowledge of Mauritian doctors in the field of urology so as to prepare them for treating cases of urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and prostate cancer, amongst others. He further emphasised that doctors in Mauritius need to align their knowledge according to medical disciplines while adding that a new medical school is being set up at Flacq with the aim of raising the standards of medical health care services.
Speaking of the Human Tissue (Removal, Preservation and Transplant) Act, the Minister underlined that it will pave the way for doctors to perform transplants in Mauritius thus reducing the number of patients going abroad for treatment.
Some 100 doctors both from Mauritius and India, which include urologists and nephrologists, are participating in the two-day event, organised by the North Zone Chapter of the Urological Society of India in collaboration with Wellkin Hospital and Fortis Clinique Darné.
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