This morning, the Health Minister took part in the opening of a Youth Empowerment Programme Against Drug (YEPAD) workshop at the Gold Crest Hotel. After the ceremony, he spoke to the press.
He was asked if there was currently a shortage of paracetamol in the country. The Health Minister replied no. However, he conceded that Mauritius only has a one-month supply. Kailesh Jagutpal added that his ministry was doing everything possible to obtain a new shipment as quickly as possible. He also sais that in Mauritius, we consume almost 8 million paracetamol tablets a month.
The second phase of the Youth Empowerment Programme Against Drug (YEPAD), aimed at engaging community members in the combat against the drug scourge, was launched, this morning, at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes.
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal, launched, a five-day workshop focussing on International Health Regulations (IHR), which embody a crucial framework to guide collective response to health emergencies. The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Mauritius, Dr Anne Marie Ancia, and other personalities were present on this occasion.
For her part, the WHO Representative underlined that the workshop will enable participants to be more versatile with the IHR, one of the oldest documents as far as international governance is concerned. Dr Ancia added the amendments brought to the IHR back in 2005 ensure that countries can have the core capacities to have a good surveillance so as to timely and effectively detect possible threats so as to be able to have a positive response.