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COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and Quarantine Bill will help Mauritius get back on track, states Minister Jagutpal

Date: May 13, 2020
Domain:Health; Judiciary
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 13 May, 2020: The COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill constitute two important pieces of legislations that will help the country get back on track, help it pursue its economic objectives and guarantee the safety of the citizens.

 

This statement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr KaileshJagutpal, in the National Assembly, this afternoon, while he was intervening on the two Bills. He recalled how the world is bearing the impacts the novel coronavirus and Government acted quickly and boldly in the absence of definite legislations in order to guarantee the safety and security of all of the citizens. Hence, the need to consolidate the legislative framework to addressallemerging issues around COVID-19, he highlighted. 

 

Quarantine Bill 

 

Speaking about the Quarantine Bill, Dr Jagutpal stated that provisions will confer powers to the Prime Minister to take such bold but deemed necessary decisions to ensure the prevention and containment of communicable diseases, and for the overall safety of the population. 

 

The Bill also provides for private premises to be mobilised for quarantine centres.  The Minister recalled that in the Quarantine Act of 1954 there was no designation of a quarantine facility adding that during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Mauritius, 37 quarantine centres were set up overnight in the country. 

 

Another issue being addressed in the Quarantine Bill concern medical examination and information. Dr Jagutpalexplained that in a scenario where the country is at risk of a viral outbreak, there is the need to ascertain that the medical information required and gathered are exact and precise. He recalled how in the COVID-19 situation, some people did not disclose data that would have greatly helped Government in its efforts to contain the novel coronavirus and others who refused to undergo medical treatment and examination. The Quarantine Bill, he underpinned, will allow Government to better its sanitary surveillance and provide the population with appropriate health care for its own security. 

 

COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 

 

As regards the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, Dr Jagutpal stated that this piece of legislation will allow Government to pursue its Action Plan towards strengthening its preparedness for and response to the novel coronavirus and to any future pandemic. Such measures, he added, are being proposed to make sure that all guidelines given to the public aimed at preventing the propagation of a communicable disease are respected. 

 

Commenting the amendments at Section (40) referring to the Pharmacy Act, the Minister underlined that they will enable the country to cater more for its own needs with regards to medicine supplies. These amendments will lead to faster access to products for the Mauritian territory, he added. 

 

He underlined that as of now, 98% of the medicinal needs of the country are being imported,hence, the need to have a timely delivery and availability of medicines, even in complicated circumstances. 

 

 Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org  Mobile App: Search Gov​

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