Mauritius: Mauritians urged to take responsibility for their own health

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - On the World Heart Day, celebrated worldwide Thursday, the Mauritian Health Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, has called on Mauritians to take responsibility for their health and well-being by adopting healthier lifestyle, including eating nutritious foods, exercising daily and avoiding risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use.

Mr Gayan said the Government has the obligation to provide access to healthcare “but you, as an individual, play an important role in maintaining your own health through more responsible attitudes and behaviours as a way to improve your health and quality of life.”

He urged every Mauritian to avoid the leading factors to global burden of heart diseases, including high blood pressure, tobacco use, alcohol use, high cholesterol, obesity and stress.

The Minister deplored the increase in the rate of heart diseases and announced the decentralisation of cardiac services across the country, and the opening, soon, of another branch of the Cardiac Centre at another regional hospital.

For her part, the Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care, Ms Vijaya Sumputh, elaborated on the main procedures performed at the Centre like angioplasty and bypass surgery and more recently, beating-heart surgery while also catering for the training of young cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

She indicated that since August this year, the Centre has created a database on children with congenital heart defects in Mauritius and Rodrigues so as to improve patient care through early diagnostic and timely cardiac intervention and surgical repair.

Ms Sumputh announced the acquisition of latest cardiac care technology, the setting up of an Electrophysiology Department for the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmias) and an e-cardiac system which will be a compendium of patients suffering from heart diseases to allow their better follow-up, in a bid to improve the quality of cardiac care in the island.

The World Heart Day, observed on 29 September annually, aims at raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases to reduce cardiovascular risks and improve heart health. The theme chosen this year is ‘Creating heart-healthy environments’ in a bid to encourage people to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play.
-0- PANA NA/VAO 29Sept2016

29 september 2016 14:34:37

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