GIS - 08 October, 2013: A new Paediatric Ward to the tune of Rs 5 million was inaugurated yesterday at Victoria Hospital in Candos by the President of the Republic, Mr Kailash Purryag, in the presence of the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Lormus Bundhoo. The new infrastructure is a result of the joint collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and the Tayelamay Construction Group.
In his address, the President of the Republic recalled that health and education are the two most important factors which can transform a poor country. There is a need to focus more on prevention and quality of service provided in hospitals, he said, adding that nowadays more people suffer from non-communicable diseases as compared to the 60’s where people were mostly prone to communicable diseases. Mr Purryag urged parents to take good care of the youth, especially with regard to health and education.
For his part, Mr Bundhoo announced that specialists will henceforth have to work on a 24-hour basis in hospitals. Eight pediatricians, 14 gynecologists and 15 anesthetists will be recruited this year and next year five pediatricians, five gynecologists and five anesthetists will be recruited, he said.
With regard to infrastructural development in the health sector in the last two years, more than Rs 5 billion have been invested. Victoria Hospital has known massive developments with Rs 900 million injected in several projects. These include: opening of a new Intensive Care Unit to the tune of Rs 18 million; construction of a new cardiology centre costing Rs 100 million; renovation of two wards to the tune of Rs 11 million; and a children ICU at the cost of Rs 6 million.
Works relating to the refurbishment of drains and lanes within the hospital compound have also been carried out. A new block comprising 150 new beds, four operation rooms and a new ICU is being constructed. Minister Bundhoo announced that a new 120-bed Accident and Emergency Unit will be constructed to the tune of Rs 60 million.
A total of Rs 2,5 billion has been invested in the third phase of Dr Jeetoo Hospital while Rs 140 million have been injected in the new Accident and Emergency Unit at SSRN Hospital. A new block to the tune of Rs 150 million has also been constructed at Flacq Hospital.
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