GIS – 07 May, 2013: Continuous professional development which will be mandatory for the renewal of the medical practice licence of doctors will soon become a reality in Mauritius. The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Lormus Bundhoo, made this statement yesterday at the Mauritius Institute of Health in Pamplemousses during the award of certificate ceremony of the training course in Emergency medicine for doctors, nurses and Pharmacy store managers.
This training programme started in January 2012 under the pedagogical supervision of Professeur François Sztark. Four doctors and 27 nurses have benefitted from the training in emergency medicine which was organised at the initiative of the Mauritius Institute of Health and University Bordeaux Ségalen. The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is considering to include other healthcare professionals in the training programme.
In his address, the Minister pointed out that continuous professional development is essential for improving performance at work and the quality of healthcare provided. Nowadays health professionals are increasingly called upon to assume the role of trainers, he said, adding that this mechanism will help in orienting hospitals towards an academic vocation.
He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to enhance health services so as to attain excellence in the public health sector. A series of measures, including training, are being put in place so as to attain excellence with regard to service delivery with priority in areas such as emergency medicine, family medicine, child psychiatry, geriatric medicine and clinical research.
While referring to the role and responsibility of the health sector in the development and well-being of the population, Minister Bundhoo recalled that health services around the world are expected to face many challenges both in terms of service demand, quality of service and funding. Other external factors that are likely to exacerbate these challenges are the burden of non-communicable diseases, the ageing of the population and also the high expectations of patients, he said.
The costs of health care have increased in recent years and in Mauritius, investments in the field of public health have significantly gone up. The budget of the Ministry of Health for 2010 was about Rs 7.55 billion and Rs 7.95 billion in 2011, that is an increase of 5.3%.
The budget which amounted to Rs 7.88 billion in 2012 jumped to Rs 8.67 billion, showing a 10% increase. Funds were also allocated for infrastructural development and acquisition of modern equipment.
In 2012, the Ministry recruited 378 doctors, 400 nurses and 350 medical students for internship. Following the recruitment of 13 doctors in 2013, the Ministry proposes to recruit an additional 69 doctors, 200 nursing students, 150 doctors for internship and 81 medical specialists.
Collaboration - University of Bordeaux Segalen and Ministry of Health
The collaboration of the University of Bordeaux Segalen and the Ministry of Health began in 1984 in the field of continuing medical training. Since 1990, the Mauritius Institute of Health, in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux Segalen, has started training 72 doctors in various fields such as ophthalmology, pediatrics, anesthesia, cardiology, internal medicine, and psychiatry, among others.
Following the recommendations of an expert mission from SAMU Bordeaux and Reunion Island in 1992, the SAMU project was launched in 1994 in Mauritius with a view to attending the ever growing demand of emergencies on the roads, construction sites and work sites, at home and recreational emergencies. The project was developed by Professor Philippe Erny of Bordeaux with the assistance of Dr Bourde from Reunion Island in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
The project has benefited from the collaboration of several partners, including the French Embassy, University of Bordeaux Segalen, SAMU from Reunion Island and the Mauritius Institute of Health. As at date, 40 doctors and 115 nurses have been trained in emergency medicine.