GIS - 28 Feb, 2013: A live telecast paediatric orthopaedics surgery on a four-year old girl with severe malformation in the upper limbs was held yesterday at the Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam North (SSRN) hospital in Pamplemousses. Dr Atul Bhaskar from India assisted by a team of orthopaedic surgeons from the SSRN hospital carried out the operation.
The live telecast was broadcast in all five Regional hospitals in Mauritius and through the Pan African e-Network for the benefit of African countries. The telecast is a premiere with interaction between the surgeons and the participants.
The objective of the live telecast, which is in line with Government’s policy to transform Mauritius into a medical hub, is to provide hands-on training to Mauritian surgeons and paramedical staff. It also allows postgraduate students to get experience and interact with renowned surgeons from abroad.
Dr Atul Bhaskar, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon, is in Mauritius from 25 to 28 February 2013 and is accompanied by Dr Pradnya Sawant, Consultant Paediatric anesthesist. During his visit, Dr Bhaskar will be operating on around 50 difficult paediatric cases especially limb deformities, cerebral palsy patients, spine surgeries, amongst others.
The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Lormus Bundhoo, who was present at the live telecast, recalled that the 15 complex cases which Dr Bhaskar has operated on during his visit has allowed Mauritius to save around Rs 10 million, given that the patients did not have to be sent overseas for treatment. In addition to the economic argument, Mr Bundhoo said that the 15 patients are being taken care in an environment familiar to them and are surrounded by their family members.
According to the Minister, the Pan African e-Network project is being used by Mauritius as a platform to link expertise from India to the African continent, thus promoting the country as a medical hub.
For his part, Dr Bhaskar expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Health and the Quality of Life and the staff and the SSRN hospital for the teamwork. He expressed the wish to build up a team for paediatric orthopeadics in Mauritius, adding that there is a lot of scope for this field.
Pan African e-Network project
The Pan African e-Network is an Information and Communications Technology project between India and the African Union that seeks to connect the 53 member States of the Union through a satellite and fibre optic network to India and to each other to enable access to and sharing of expertise between India and African nations in the areas of tele-education, telemedicine, Voice over Internet Protocol, infotainment, resource mapping, meteorological services, e-governance and e-commerce services.