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The President of the Republic of Mauritius discussed COVID-19 Vaccination Programme with the WHO Representative in Mauritius

As at 17 June 2021, 1773 cumulative tested confirmed cases have been registered in Mauritius, out of which 1356 cases have been successfully treated

His Excellency Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, the President of the Republic of Mauritius met Dr Laurent Musango, the WHO Representative in Mauritius on 17 June 2021 to discuss the COVID-19 situation and the vaccination programme in the country.    It was an opportunity for the WHO to update the President on the…

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Mauritius new budgetary measures ensure sustainability of its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign and encourage local manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines to better fight the pandemic

The country intensified its national vaccination campaign to reach herd immunity with at least 60% of its adult population being vaccinated by September 2021

The Minister of Finance presented the 2021-22 Budget on Friday last after yet another year of unprecedented events.  The country announced important budgetary health measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, protect its population while boosting up the economy and growth. The country is pushing the pharmaceutical industry as fresh pillar…

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COVID-19 cases in Africa to top 4 million, vaccine rollout underway

Following a second wave which peaked at much higher numbers than Africa’s first surge, new case numbers declined for five weeks, and then plateaued during the past three weeks

Africa is poised to surpass 4 million COVID-19 infections this week since the continent’s first confirmed case in February 2020. The year-long battle against the virus, which has also claimed over 106 000 lives, is now receiving a crucial boost with the arrival of vaccines through the COVAX Facility –…

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African Island States Launch Joint Medicines Procurement Initiative

High cost of drugs and medical supplies is one of the major challenges the small island states face due to their modest populations

Ministers of Health from seven small African island states today signed an agreement to jointly procure drugs and vaccines in a bid to improve quality and access to medicines and other health products. The ministers from Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritius, Sao Tome & Principe and Seychelles that form…

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Coronavirus - Mauritius: Decisive and timely - Mauritius’ response curbs COVID-19

Soon after the first cases were detected, Mauritius imposed a nationwide lockdown, stepped up screening, contact tracing and public awareness on preventive measures

In late January 2020 the isolation ward at Souillac Hospital in the south of Port Louis had six people in quarantine. They had flown to the Mauritian capital from Wuhan city. This was long before the Indian Ocean island confirmed its first COVID-19 cases, but strict measures were already in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Push for stronger health systems as Africa battles COVID-19

A WHO progress assessment on the performance of health systems as part of efforts to attain universal health coverage found that Member States in the region have gaps in different capacities

Health Ministers and representatives from African countries gathered this week for the annual World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa voiced concern over the impact of COVID-19 and stressed that the pandemic was a poignant reminder for countries to bolster health systems. The Seventieth session of the WHO Regional…

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Coronavirus - Mauritius : Launching of Mauritius National Health Sector Strategic Plan by Prime Minister

The Prime Minister highlighted that past investment in health care is now bringing rewarding dividend

Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth launched the National Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 2020-2024 on 12 August 2020 at the Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene, Mauritius in the presence of eminent personalities including Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. S. Obeegadoo, Dr Hon. Kailash Kumar Jagutpal, Minister…

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Coronavirus - Mauritius: Promoting and Protecting Breastfeeding for a better start in Life

The country aims at creating awareness among young people on the importance of breast feeding and its positive contribution to a healthier planet

Mauritius marked World Breastfeeding Week 2020 by an official ceremony performed by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Hon. Kailash Jagutpal on 06 August 2020 at the Victoria Hospital, Candos. In line with this year’s theme, the country aims at creating awareness among young people on the importance of breast…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: World Health Organization surge team to arrive in South Africa

WHO will be deploying 43 experts from various fields to support the COVID-19 outbreak response management

The South African COVID-19 response will soon be bolstered by a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO will be deploying 43 experts from various fields to support the COVID-19 outbreak response management. The first 17 health expects will arrive today and include key expertise…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Blood Donor Day 2020 – Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

In the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply of safe blood is at risk

On 14 June every year, the African Region joins the global community in celebrating World Blood Donor Day, because blood donors give the gift of life, and more lives will be saved if more people volunteer to donate blood on a regular basis. This year we are calling on people…