GIS – 26 August, 2019: ‘Government is determined to provide quality services to all citizens by placing healthcare at the core of its agenda with the priority of making the latest medical technology accessible to all’, said the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, today, during a site visit at the new state-of-the–art Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) hospital in Vacoas.
In a statement to the press, Minister Husnoo lauded the Government of India for its unflinching support to the Government of Mauritius for the provision of financial assistance for the construction of the new ENT hospital. The hospital is a major project aiming to spearhead development in the country, he emphasised.
The Minister also recalled that the unveiling of the foundation stone of the new hospital was effected by the President of the Republic of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. In fact, the latter was on a State Visit on the occasion of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius. Both countries, the Minister highlighted, share strong bilateral relations that will usher a new era of cooperation in the future.
The conversion of the old stone wooden structure of the ENT Hospital into a new modern hospital, said Dr Husnoo, is in line with the strategy of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to improve the quality of hospital services through the provision of upgraded, renovated and completely new infrastructure, modern equipment, technologically-based and evidenced based specialised medical services.
In addition, the Minister pointed out that Government is investing massively in improving healthcare and that there are several new projects in the pipeline regarding the health sector, notably: the new ENT Hospital; a new Cancer Hospital at Solferino Vacoas; and, an Eye Hospital at Réduit.
New ENT Hospital
The project consisted of demolishing the old ENT hospital to establish a state-of-the–art hospital providing world-class healthcare facility. The new ENT hospital, consisting of a hospital and administrative building, will have an overall surface area of 12,000 square metre and funded to the tune of Rs 900 million.
The implementation of the project started on 31 January 2018 and presently, after 18 months, is nearly completed. A contract for the sum of about Rs 885 million was awarded to the Joint venture of Rama Civil India Construction Pvt Ltd and Messrs Nundun Gopee & Co Ltd.
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