GIS - 04 December, 2015: The new Operation Theatre Complex at Candos Hospital, which houses six state-of-the-art Operation Theatres; an Intensive Care Unit with eight beds; two recovery rooms of seven beds each; and male and female wards with 120 beds in total, was inaugurated this morning by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, the Minister of Local Government, Dr Anwar Husnoo, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Mauritius, Mr Zhihong Cheng and other personalities were present at the event.
In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, deemed the new complex, which has been financed by the Chinese authorities to the tune of almost Rs 600 million under a Government to Government agreement, impressive. Recalling Government’s endeavours to improve health, and enhance quality of life, Mr Duval stressed that quality of health care is a key determinant of quality of life. He called on the medical and healthcare personnel, as well as patients to make judicious use of the new facility.
For his part, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life expressed his gratitude to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their generous assistance and highlighted the commitment of China to Mauritius, and to Africa at large. “China is a consistent partner of Africa contributing in major infrastructure projects on the continent,” stated Mr Gayan.
The Minister is of the view that the new complex will radically improve the quality of service to the patients. “The key objectives of this project,” he said, “are to increase surgical operations thereby reducing the waiting list, and provide better customer care with rapid service.” He added that two operation theatres will be dedicated to cardiac surgery, one to neurosurgery, and another one to gynaecological surgery.
Speaking on the necessity to continuously improve service delivery, the Minister announced that Candos Hospital will be undergoing major modernisation works to enable the institution to respond more effectively to demands in the delivery of healthcare.
For the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Mauritius, Mr Zhihong Cheng, medical cooperation is a signification component of the pragmatic collaboration between Mauritius and China, and the new operation theatre complex will further strengthened these relations. He also elaborated on China’s medical cooperation with Africa which covers a broad range of service. Hence, China has dispatched more than 7,000 medical professionals to 42 African countries, built over 60 hospitals and 30 antimalarial centres.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by the unveiling of a plaque at the paediatric ward to pay tribute to late Guy Rozemont, a political figure and trade unionist.
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