22 March 2020 – Hospitals converted, health personnel redeployed, and social services reinforced to fight COVID-19

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Financial and Economic, New Tool / Service / Body, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Private Sector, Social Services
Intervention Categories: Education and awareness; Finance policy and financial aid; Financial aid to health services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Communication Committee on Covid-19

Overview: Mauritius steps up protective plan to fight Covid -19, and provide a Covid hotline

Conversion of three hospitals, namely Mahebourg, Long Mountain and ENT hospitals for Covid-19 suspected cases;
Conversion of Souillac Hospital as a reanimation centre for serious cases related to Covid-19;
Speeding up of procurement procedures for the purchase of protective equipment;
Redeployment of health personnel for emergency cases;
Government 14-seater vehicles will be converted into ambulances;
Appeal to private clinics, St John and Red Cross society to put their ambulances at the disposal of Government;
Set up a Home Doctor System to refrain people from seeking care at hospitals;
Closely monitoring of Hotline calls;
Opening of counters for the payment of pensions to pensioners who are not paid through banks;
Government will ensure the payment of salary to all civil servants;
Mauritius Telecom and Central Water Authority to suspend disconnections to houses; and
Provision of free Wi-Fi to all the quarantine centres.
Full details here: http://www.govmu.org/English/News/Pages/Mauritius-steps-up-protective-plan-to-fight-Covid–19.aspx

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group