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Mauritius Medical Centre to be linked to 12 Indian hospitals

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As from October, Mauritius’s Medical Centre in Pamplemousses, 15 km from the Mauritian capital Port Louis, will be connected to seven universities and 12 highly specialized hospitals in India. Patients suffering from pathologies which are difficult to diagnose by Mauritian doctors will be presented through teleconsultation to the Indian specialists who will, in real time, have access to the data of the patients including in echocardiography, radiology and angiography. The executive director of the centre, Siven Poinoosamy told journalists on Sunday that equipment is being installed to allow the teleconsultation. He said all medical specialties ranging from ophthalmology and cardiology to cancerology and paediatrics will benefit from this innovation. The centre will have daily access to Indian specialists from Indian universities who will assist in the consultation of five patients daily and each day one specialized hospital will be at the disposal of local doctors and patients, he said. Poinoosamy said India has acquired an international reputation for medical facilities and every year thousands of Europeans and Americans travel to India to be admitted in specialized Indian hospitals in what is now known as “medical tourism”. He said many Mauritians are also being operated in India and part of the costs is paid by the Mauritian state. He said the teleconsultation network will later be linked to mainland Africa through Mauritius by a satellite and fibre optic system.

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