Inauguration of the ladies’ ward 1-6 at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital

Inauguration of the ladies’ ward 1-6 at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital
Inauguration of the ladies’ ward 1-6 at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital

Africa-Press – Mauritius. The ladies’ ward 1-6, renovated by ABSA Group Limited to the tune of some Rs 20 million, was inaugurated, today, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Rose-Belle by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun and, the Managing Director of ABSA Mauritius Ltd, Mr Ravin Dajee.

The Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Ms Naveena Ramyad, the Parliamentary Private Secretary, Mrs Teenah Jutton, the Managing Director, Public Sector, Absa Group Limited, Mr Stephen Seaka, and other personalities were also present on the occasion.

In his address, Dr Jagutpal highlighted that the Ministry of Health has always worked with the Private Sector to enhance the quality of infrastructure and ensure quality health services and equal access to health care for all.

He recalled that in August 2022, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ABSA Mauritius and his Ministry for the company to support projects in the health sector, and one of the major projects identified focused on the fight against non-communicable disease (NCD) and that will benefit the whole population, particularly women.

The ward 1-6 was chosen as it is the largest ward of all the hospitals of Mauritius and is exclusively a ladies’ ward for patients suffering from medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and, chest problems. The ward accommodates 43 beds and comprises a lobby area to cater to doctors’ offices and a waiting area.

This collaboration, Minister Jagutpal underlined, along with providing state-of-the-art medical beds, furniture, electrical appliances, and wheelchairs, will also provide cleaning and maintenance services for the next three years.

On this note, the Health Minister appealed to the staff of the hospital to keep these premises clean and maintain the appliances and furniture as it is for the welfare of the population and the staff as well.

In the same vein, he urged them to opt for a positive and welcoming attitude towards patients emphasising the importance of the human touch in the healthcare sector as this will help patients get better rapidly.

For his part, Minister Seeruttun stated that today’s event is a perfect example of how private companies and the government can work hand in hand for the enhancement of the lives of our citizens.

He expressed confidence that the patients of the southern region will benefit from these state-of-the-art facilities put at their disposal as this hospital caters for more than 185,000 inhabitants from Bambous Virieux to Baie du Cap.

The Minister, moreover, dwelt on some projects implemented at this hospital, making it a pioneer in many sectors, namely: it will be the first hospital to implement Phase One of the E-Health project and; harbouring the first Renal Transplant Unit.

He also gave an overview of other projects that are nearing completion in the South such as the Mediclinic of Grand Bois and, Chemin Grenier. As for Mr Dajee, he stressed the importance of balancing financial objectives along with social services, as this will help give back to society and be a good citizen as well as better integrate in the community. He thus thanked all the stakeholders who participated to make this project a success and provide quality health services to the whole population.

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