Healthcare Scenario of Mauritius

Healthcare Scenario of Mauritius

Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Mauritius? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Mauritius? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Mauritius.

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, and the outer islands. The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual. The Human Development Index of Mauritius is the highest in Africa. The island is widely known as the only known home of the dodo, which, along with several other avian species, was made extinct by human activities relatively shortly after the island’s settlement. Mauritius is the only country in Africa where Hinduism is the largest religion.

Demography

Religion in Mauritius

Fig. 1: Religions in Mauritius.

Followers of Hindu Religion are 48.5%, Roman Catholic 26.3%, Muslim 17.3% & Other religions are 7.90% in Mauritius.

Economy of Mauritius

Since independence from Britain in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculture-based economy to a middle-income diversified economy, based on tourism, textiles, sugar, and financial services. The economic history of Mauritius since independence has been called “the Mauritian Miracle” and the “success of Africa”. In recent years, information and communication technology, seafood, hospitality and property development, healthcare, renewable energy, and education and training have emerged as important sectors, attracting substantial investment from both local and foreign investors.

Mauritius is ranked high in terms of economic competitiveness, a friendly investment climate, good governance and a free economy. The World Bank’s 2018 Ease of Doing Business Index ranks Mauritius 25th worldwide out of 190 economies in terms of ease of doing business. According to the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, Mauritius is ranked as having the 8th most free economy in the world.

Connectivity

By Air: The sole international airport for civil aviation is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, which also serves as the home operating base for the national airline Air Mauritius. Malaysia has direct flights from the major Metro cities of India.

By Sea: The distance between Port of Mumbai, India to Mauritius is 3175 nautical miles & it takes 10 days for one-way journey by cruise or ship.

Major corporates in Mauritius

Growth Plan of Mauritius

Total public investment over the period 2017-2020 is estimated at Rs 116.9 billion. For FY2017/18, total public investment will amount to Rs 42.3 billion, of which Rs 22.3 billion relate to implementation of new projects and the remaining Rs 20 billion will be in respect of on-going projects. The main areas of investment are:

  • Water and wastewater sectors (Rs 18.3 bn) – increasing water storage capacity, up-hauling water distribution structures and sanitation infrastructure.
  • Roads, land transport and drains (Rs 32.3 bn) – improving public transportation, increasing mobility and access through roads and addressing road safety.
  • Energy sector (Rs 18.0 bn) – increasing power generation and distribution infrastructure.
  • Social and community development (Rs 21.7 bn) – social housing, up-hauling and construction of land drainage structures, construction and upgrading of schools and health infrastructure.
  • Port development (Rs 4.4 bn) – increasing berthing capacity, improving and enhancing port cargo handling capacities.
  • Airport development (Rs 3.4 bn) – cargo and Freeport structures and parking stands for higher capacity airplanes.
  • Public order and safety (Rs 5.4 bn) – equipment and infrastructure for the police services and judiciary.
  • Administrative and other projects (Rs 13.5 bn) – construction of administrative city and other Government structure.

The Rural – Urban Dichotomy

Fig. 2: Comparison of Rural-Urban Population.

Urban population (% of total) in Mauritius was reported at 39.55 % & Rural population is 61.45% in 2016, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators.

Some Important Health Statistics

Proportional Mortality in Mauritius

NCDs are estimated to account for 85% of total deaths. Cardiovascular diseases are causing 31% of deaths in Mauritius followed by Diabetes 26%, Cancers 12%, Other NCDs 12%, Injuries 6% & Chronic Respiratory Diseases 5%.

Fig. 3: Proportional Mortality (% of total deaths, all ages, both sexes) in Mauritius.

Medical Tourism

Mauritius is one of the fastest growing Economies of Africa & their healthcare system is also improving with the time. Mauritius is also a famous tourist spot. So, they are also targeting inbound medical tourism with their low-cost healthcare services.

Fig. 4: Most of the patients in Mauritius visit from neighbor areas, Madagascar, Reunion & Seychelles. 10% patients are European, 17% are from rest of the world. (2011)

The Healthcare System of Mauritius

Mauritius is at an advanced stage in its epidemiological transition. The demographic status is marked by a rapid ageing population while total fertility rate is below replacement level. Private services are largely separated from Public system and financed by out-of-pocket payment and to some extent by the Voluntary Health Insurance schemes.

Fig. 4: Distribution of Hospitals & their types in Mauritius

Public Healthcare System

In the Island of Mauritius, as at the end of 2015, there were:

Private Healthcare System

In the private sector there were, as at the end of 2015, 17 private health institutions with a total of 647 beds.

Public-Private Bed Ratio

The number of beds in government health institutions was 3,648 (85%) as at the end of 2015. The total number of beds in the public and private sectors as at the end of 2015 was thus 4,295 i.e. 284 inhabitants per bed.

Fig. 5: Number of Public & Private Beds.

Availability of Health Personnel in Mauritius

So, there are total of 2550 Doctors, 380 Dentists, 497 Pharmacists & 4261 Nurses & Midwives. (2015)

Major Public Hospitals in Mauritius

 

Dr A. G. Jeetoo Hospital – 414 Beds

The hospital was built around 200 years ago, and is run-down, overcrowded and extremely busy. This is one of the three main hospitals in Mauritius. It is situated in the capital city of Port Louis and has 9 departments.

SSRN Hospital – 563 Beds

It was opened in 1969 and is situated in the district of Pamplemousses, providing services for the districts of Pamplemousses and Rivière du Rempart. It is the largest hospital in Mauritius equipped with 8 beds CCU and a neurosurgical and renal unit with 28 beds.

Flacq Hospital

It is situated in the East of Mauritius at Centre de Flacq in the district of Flacq. It provides services for the Health Region 3 for a population of 170,000 inhabitants covering essentially the district of Flacq under the directorate of a Regional Health Director (RHD). The Regional Health Director is also responsible for the Primary Health Care of the region which is provided through: 24 Community Health Centres, 4 Area Health Centres & 1 Mediclinic.

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital

It is situated in Rose-Belle in the district of Grand Port and caters for the sanitary region number 4 covering the districts of Grand Port and Savanne with approximately 200,000 inhabitants under the directorate of a Regional Health Director (RHD). There are 17 Community Health Centres and 5 Area Health Centres within its catchments area.

Victoria Hospital – 650 bedded

Located on the South-West of the island, the hospital was initially a barracks, before being was converted in July 1922 into a hospital complex, divided into 25 wards (13 female and 12 male) and staffed by around 1500 people.

Major Private Hospitals in Mauritius

Welkin Fortis Hospital

With its 29 sub-specialties, represented by more than 100 consultant physicians, this Hospital is the largest private hospital in Mauritius. It is a tertiary care super specialty hospital & is part of a chain of Apollo hospitals.

Apollo Bramwell hospital – 200 Beds

This is a 200 bedded multi-specialty tertiary care hospital. The Hospital is joint venture between the Apollo Hospitals Group, India and the British American Investment Co. (Mauritius) Ltd.

Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital

A single specialty eye hospital, part of Agarwal chain of eye hospitals providing treatment to every eye related disease in Mauritius.

Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda Charitable Hospital

This hospital is located in Calebasses. It is a charitable hospital providing Ayurvedic Treatment in Mauritius.

Major diagnostic centers

Echo Heart Centre, Quatre Bornes

Grand Bay Medical and Diagnostic Centre, Grand Baie

Pro Medica Diagnostic Laboratory Services Ltd., Port Louis

Bio Systems Medical Laboratory & Diagnostics, Grand Baie

Green Cross Medical Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre, Curepipe.

Conclusion

Mauritius is the fastest growing economy in Africa but still Public Sector is major healthcare provider with only few quality Private hospitals. The Public hospitals are crowdy & extremely busy, providing scope to private hospitals to flourish by giving treatment at affordable prices. Being a major tourist spot, the private hospitals can also target foreign patients with their state of art infrastructure & world class quality care.

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