The Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life operates under the portfolio of the Minister of Health and Quality of Life.

The functions of the Ministry are:

  • To develop a comprehensive health service in order to meet the health needs of the population;
  • To investigate the influence of physical environment and psychosocial domestic factors on the incidence of human diseases and disability;
  • To plan and carry out measures for the promotion of health;
  • To institute and maintain measures for the prevention of diseases including the epidemiological surveillance of important communicable diseases;
  • To provide facilities for the treatment of diseases, including mental disease by maintenance of hospital and dispensary services;
  • To make provisions for the rehabilitation of the disabled;
  • To control the practice of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy;
  • To provide facilities for the training of Nursing Officers, Midwives, ancillary hospital and laboratory staff and Health Inspectors;
  • To advise local government authorities regarding their health services and to inspect those services;
  • To prepare and publish reports and statistical data and other information relating to health;
  • To implement a Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health Programme; and
  • To initiate and conduct operational bio-medical health studies of diseases of major importance in the country.

MISSION STATEMENT

  • Enhance the health status of the population

  • Improve the quality of health care delivery with a view to increasing patients’ satisfaction

  • Enhance social equity through the provision of a wider range of health services to the whole population

  • Ensure that the health sector is consolidated and that the health services remain accessible to every citizen