Health infrastructure - China has agreed to fund the construction of health facilities in Mauritius, to the tune of US$ 19 million, following an agreement signed between the two countries, a PANA Correspondent reported from here Tuesday.
The focus is on the construction of a new Operation Theatre and Wards Block over an area of about 90,000 square feet at the Victoria Hospital in Candos, in central Mauritius.
One-third of the amount will go to Mauritius as grant while the remaining two-thirds will an interest-free loan.
The Chinese aid project will be in the form of design, construction and provision of furniture and medical equipment, including laryngoscope sets, electrical and orthopaedic operating tables, ICU beds and Fowlers beds, among others.
The Mauritian Health Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, said the goal of the government in the health sector was to seek the best partners in the world to enable it provide quality, accessible and efficient health care to the population.
'We have embarked on a number of infrastructural projects in order to modernize the health service,' he said.
China is a major aid donor to Mauritius in the last 30 years.