Africa-Press – Mauritius. A Health Promotion Programme was launched and a Mini Wellness Centre inaugurated, this morning, at the Wootun Social Welfare cum Resource Centre, in the presence of the Chief Guest, Mrs Kobita Jugnauth.
The Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Mrs Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah; the Deputy Chief Government Whip, Mr Soobeersingh Dhunoo; and the Mayor of Curepipe, Mr Hans Marguerite, were present.
In her address, Minister Koonjoo-Shah recalled that the Social Welfare Centres around the country which fall under the aegis of her Ministry were closed due to COVID-19 adding that they are now fully operational and are organising various activities aimed at enhancing the physical and mental health of citizens.
She highlighted that a calendar of activities has already been prepared and that several new programmes have been devised and infrastructures in the Social Welfare Centres are being revamped.
The ultimate objective, she said, is to promote continuous education, both formal and informal at community level, especially for vulnerable groups of children, young people, unemployed women and men, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Speaking about the Health Promotion Programme, Minister Koonjoo-Shah urged the citizens to undergo screening and to educate themselves on measures to prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.
As for the Deputy Chief Whip and the Mayor of Curepipe, they both dwelt on the major projects that are being implemented in Curepipe such as the Metro Express and the Urban Terminal.
They stated that the landscape of the town of Curepipe is changing with the new developments. Government’s aim, they further recalled, is to enhance quality of life of its population as well as cater for their well-being.
The launching also coincided with the presentation of Assistive Devices to physically challenged persons. On the same occasion, T-shirts were offered to the Curepipe Feminine Football Team. Wootun Social Welfare cum Resource Centre
The Centre, set up on 20 August 2009, has throughout the years implemented several projects namely the Monument of National Unity, covered Petanque Court, Antique Corner, pool table, and upgrading of premises.
It was also rewarded for the following: Customer Focus in Public Service Excellence Award in 2013, and National Winner for the Greener and Smarter Social Welfare Centre Competition 2018 and 2021. Other projects in the pipeline include: Outdoor Gym, Model Sheltered Farm, and photovoltaic panels for self-sufficiency in electricity.