GIS - 08 December, 2015: The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, welcomed the opening of the fourth Mauritian branch of Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital yesterday in Ebène.
In his address, the Prime Minister stated that such developments are in line with Government’s vision to make of Mauritius a healthcare centre of excellence for the region. He pointed out that the new technologies that will be made available at the hospital as well as specialty eye care services like vitreoretinal and refractive surgeries will place eye care in Mauritius in tune with global trends. “We encourage such initiatives and we will provide the support necessary to reach our goals,” he said.
Speaking on the significant public health issue that eye problem represents in Mauritius, the Prime Minister affirmed that there has been a 36% increase in workload at the Subramanian Bharathi Eye Hospital in Moka from 2011 to 2015, hence the decentralisation of ophthalmological services to Souillac hospital in January this year. He stressed that due to the high prevalence of diabetes and the growing ageing population, the number of cataract operations in Mauritius is steadily rising and that nearly 70% of all surgeries performed in the public healthcare system are cataract removal.
The Prime Minister also briefed the gathering on statistics regarding ophthalmology services in Mauritius: the number of eye surgeries performed from January to October 2015 at both public sector eye hospitals stood at 7,150; for the same period, 84 highly complex surgeries were performed by foreign teams; around 145,000 patients are seen yearly at the Accident and Emergency Department of Subramania Bharathi Eye Hospital and some 60,000 at the outpatient department.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth affirmed that the figures clearly show that the area of eye care will need to expand in order to deal with the increasing demand, adding that the new facilities at Agarwal Hospital will give a new dimension to ophthalmology services in Mauritius.
Noting that Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital has set up its headquarters in Mauritius for all its international expansions, especially in Africa, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the personnel for their service to the Mauritian population since 2010. “Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital deserves our appreciation for organising Diabetic Eye Screening Programmes and free eye screening camp in schools and corporate offices as well as for senior citizen associations,” he said.
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