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Mauritius NCD Survey 2015

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04Aug

Mauritius NCD Survey 2015

The Mauritius non-communicable disease (NCD) survey 2015 kicked off this morning at Willoughby Government School in Mahebourg with the overall objective of gaining new insight on the burden of disease through the collection of relevant, sensitive and scientific data for health policy makers and professionals to take the right decision.

During three days, some 325 residents of Mahebourg undergo several clinical testing such as blood pressure, diabetes, anthropometry (height, weight, waist and hip circumference) and interviews.

The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan, Dr Diana Magliano, consultant epidemiologist, and Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw, Head, Clinical Diabetes and Epidemiology Group, both from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia, were present in Mahebourg this morning for the launching of the survey.

Mr Gayan called on the full participation of those targeted in the survey with a view of engaging them in disease prevention and uncovering the impact NCDs are having on the population. He also stressed on the importance of the data to be credible, reliable and actionable. “The data, once processed, will help us focus on where the scarce resources need to be allocated and improve our future health care delivery,” he stated.

The survey is being conducted by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in collaboration with the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute of Australia, the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College of the United Kingdom, the Umea University Hospital of Sweden and the University of Helsinki of Finland.

The target population for the survey comprises Mauritian adults aged 18 years and above. About 6,000 persons have been selected to participate in this survey which will be carried out in 22 well defined clusters throughout the island, including Port-Louis, up to the 24 August. The survey, conducted every five years, will also deal with cognitive problems as dementia is increasingly becoming a major problem for the health sector.

 

Source: ‘link of article from GIS’.

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