The Ministry of Health has acquired state-of-the-art equipment for cardiology examinations and cancer screening. These devices will also help thalassemia patients.

Equipment to provide state-of-the-art medical services has been inaugurated at the New Cancer Centre. These include a CT Coronary Angiogram (CCA) machine and a state-of-the-art cardiac MRI machine. These innovations mark a significant step forward in the mission to improve patient outcomes. We are introducing less invasive procedures that reduce waiting times, improve diagnostic capabilities and provide quality care, said Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal. “These machines not only help in testing cancer patients but also in conducting comprehensive examinations for those with heart problems,” he said.

The CT Coronary Angiogram, acquired by the government for Rs 53 million, uses the most powerful scanner of its kind in Mauritius. It can perform a coronary scan in just 0.45 seconds. This impressive speed will thus reduce the discomfort and anxiety of patients while providing images of exceptional clarity and detail, Minister Jagutpal said. The high-resolution images will also allow doctors to visualize the coronary arteries with unprecedented precision, thus facilitating the detection of obstructions and abnormalities, he added.

Minister Jagutpal also mentioned that virtual angiography will significantly reduce the waiting list for angiograms, currently six weeks long. “By offering a non-invasive alternative that complies with international guidelines, we are aligning our practices with the best global standards,” he said. The second equipment, a cardiac MRI machine, purchased for Rs 93 million, will enable doctors to carefully monitor the heart's response to treatments, combining efficacy and cardiac safety.

These advances also address the urgent needs of some 200 thalassemia patients, affected by iron overload in vital organs. “The devices will provide the ability to measure iron levels in the body, enabling doctors to make appropriate decisions to provide the best treatment,” the Health Minister added.

The Ministry of Health is supported by Professor David Playford, from the Department of Cardiology at the University of Notre Dame in Australia. He will supervise Mauritian cardiologists in the use of these devices.

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