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Indian Ocean Commission donations help Seychelles improve medical preparedness

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Marimoutou handed the equipment to the Minister of Health Maggie Vidot during a short ceremony on Tuesday. (Seychelles Nation)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – Health workers in Seychelles will be better equipped to deal with patients who contract the COVID-19 virus after receiving a second batch of equipment from the Indian Ocean Commission (CIO) Tuesday.

The IOC Secretary General, Vêlayoudom Marimoutou, handed over the equipment to the Minister of Health Maggie Vidot, who declared that “the equipment that we received today will be very useful to us, especially the new ventilators that we will add to those that we already have. “

The donation includes two BeneVision patient monitors, two Hamilton ventilators valued at 141,000 euros as well as several GeneXpert tests and nasal swab tests valued at 291,000 euros.

Vidot said the ministry already had some of the equipment “in these times of a pandemic where you are never sure of the numbers, especially after we had an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in May. , it is important that we are always ready. . “

For his part, Marimoutou declared that “until now under the SEGA-One Health Network, Seychelles has benefited from more than 800,000 euros of various equipment since the start of the pandemic.

Marimoutou added that “our new laboratory expert is in Seychelles to assess the equipment the country needs and to train laboratory technicians.”

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has recorded 21,903 cases of COVID-19 of which 217 are still active. The island nation has recorded 119 COVID-related deaths.

Based in the southwest Indian Ocean, SEGA – One Health brings together health organizations from Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros and Reunion with the aim of monitoring emerging diseases in these islands, understand and prevent their spread by proposing country-specific control measures.

Before the donation of equipment, the IOC Secretary General appealed to Seychellois President Wavel Ramkalawan.

The Indian Ocean Commission is an intergovernmental organization that brings together the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles to encourage cooperation.


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