Port-Louis, Mauritius - The live telecast of a paediatric orthopaedics surgery on a four-year-old girl with severe malformation in the upper limbs on Wednesday is meant to showcase Mauritius as a medical hub in the region, the Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, declared here Thursday.
The surgery was carried out at the SSRN hospital in Pamplemousses, northern Mauritius, the country's biggest hospital, and broadcast through the Pan-African e-Network for the benefit of other African countries.
Dr. Atul Bhaskar from India assisted by a team of orthopaedic surgeons from the SSRN hospital carried out the operation.
The Minister said the objective was also to provide hands-on training to Mauritian surgeons and para-medical staff.
'It allows post-graduate students to get experience and interact with renowned surgeons from abroad,' he added.
According to the Minister, the Pan African e-Network project is being used by Mauritius as a platform to link expertise from India to the African continent, thus promoting the country as a medical hub.
During the visit of the Indian medical team, about 50 difficult paediatric cases, especially limb deformities, cerebral palsy patients, spine surgeries, amongst others, were carried out.
The Pan African e-Network is an Information and Communications Technology project between India and the African Union.
It seeks to connect the 53 member States of the African Union through a satellite and fibre optic network to India and to each other to enable access to and sharing of expertise between India and African nations in the areas of tele-education, telemedicine, Voice over Internet Protocol, infotainment, resource mapping, meteorological services, e-governance and e-commerce services.