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South Africa donates 400 respiratory machines to Mauritius

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South Africa donates 400 respiratory machines to Mauritius
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The High Commission of South Africa has donated 400 Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) equipment to the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Mauritius.

Each CPAP equipment is estimated to cost between USD 1,000 and USD 3,000.

The 400 CPAP machines will be distributed to the New ENT Hospital and to the five Regional Hospitals in Mauritius as well as to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Rodrigues.

The High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Mauritius, Dr Hlamalani Nelly Manzini, symbolically presented the CPAP equipment to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal on Tuesday August 16.

Minister Jagutpal said the donation of the CPAP equipment will certainly help patients to have easier access to this non-invasive therapy for lung diseases.

CPAP machines, he pointed out, are one of the most common treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.  CPAP therapy has emerged as a treatment option for improving oxygen levels in some people with COVID-19 regardless of whether they have obstructive sleep apnea or not, he observed.

South African High-Commissioner Dr Hlamalani Nelly Manzini expressed hope that the equipment will go “a long way in improving health outcomes of patients with respiratory distress including those who are COVID-19 positive.”

Dr Manzini expressed gratitude to the Department of Health of South Africa for the generosity in releasing the equipment and the chairperson and founder of NGO ‘Gift for Givers’ and other stakeholders for facilitating this donation.

“We are looking forward in ensuring that further collaboration on high-tech medical and surgical specialist services and training are realised and that will take our relationship to the highest level”, she said.

Original article at GIS Mauritius

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