Mauritius: Health Minister alarmed at high-risk behaviours of students

Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan said only 19% of students are active for 60 minutes per day in a week while 15% of them are smokers and 74% have tried or will try their first cigarette before the age of 14.

He also said alcohol use among students is 24% and 71% of students have had their first drink before the age of 14.

Speaking Thursday at the Cardiac Centre, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in Pamplemousses, northern Maauritius, he stressed the need to take serious measures to tackle these alarming high-risk behaviours among young people.

The Minister urged all Mauritians to take responsibility for their health, adding that the price of irresponsibility is very high and destroys the quality of life.

"Heart diseases remain one of the leading causes of deaths and admissions to hospitals. We have only one heart but 228 bones in our body; we can afford to break one bone but we can’t afford to lose the one heart that we have: this is why we have to be ‘heart-smart’ and must work hard for our heart to be healthy,” Mr Gayan underlined.
According to the Minister, Mauritius shares, unfortunately, with the rest of the world a common set of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, namely smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, high-blood pressure, raised cholesterol level, poor diet and stress.

He underlined that tackling heart disease should start at the source by addressing these risk factors and mentioned the various programmes implemented by the Ministry in creating awareness on healthy behaviours.
The Minister pointed out that the cardiac surgery services provided by the cardiac centre have been reinforced and will be strengthened further to address effectively the heart diseases concerns.

On average, about 60 surgeries and 250 angiographies are done every month at the Cardiac Centre.
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01 october 2015 13:36:54

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