The Republic of Mauritius has signed a loan agreement with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to finance the construction and equipping of the first phase of Flacq Teaching Hospital project.
In a statement to the press,Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, pointed out that the project aims at supporting the development of the health sector in the country, and help to meet the increasing demand for modern medical services by improving its quality and securing hospital services and healthcare coverage in the district of Flacq.
The signatories were the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, and the Deputy Director-General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Mr Hamad Al-Omar. The Regional Manager for Central, East South African countries at the Kuwait Fund, Mr Ayad Al-Gharaballi, as well as senior officials of the Ministry were also present.
Modern medical equipment
Dr Husnoo outlined that the project will provide adequate infrastructure and technical facilities as well as meet the needs for modern medical equipment and specialized diagnostic and therapeutic care services geared towards reducing morbidity and mortality and contribute to the improvement of the health status of the population.
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has been a development partner of Mauritius since 1980.Mr Al-Omar pointed out that the Kuwait Fund, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic and Development in Africa will cover the loan to the tune of 20%, 39.5% and 15.8% respectively while the Government of Mauritius will cover about 24.4% of the total cost of the project.
Supply and installation of medical and non-medical equipment
The new hospital will be equipped with 500 beds and will be the first Teaching hospital in Mauritius.The project also includes the supply and installation of medical and non-medical equipment and furniture, consultancy services for the preparation of detailed engineering and architectural designs and tender documents.