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17 December 1980
First kidney transplantation performed by Dr M Modun with Dr M Li Sung Sang as nephrologist in a private clinic – La Clinique Mauricienne. The operation is a success and the transplant functions over 30yrs.
Transplantation in private clinics comes to an end. Reasons are unclear.
1984 to 1997
Mauritians with advanced kidney failure go abroad to get transplanted mostly from an accompanying live donor.Most go to South Africa (1984 – 1997) and India (1990-1993) and a few from the UK, France and Australia. A few go to India to ‘buy’ kidneys with rather poor results.
First dialysis performed in a private institution
Foreign teams come to Mauritius to perform live related kidney transplants in public hospitals: 6 visits by an Indian transplant team led by Dr Devendra Saksena and two by a South Africa team led by Dr Dilawar Kahn.
The newspaper cutting above describes the first kidney transplant in a public hospital done on 11 March 1992 by Prof Devendra Saksena.
The Association pour l’Utilisation du Rein Artificiel à Maurice (AURAM) is set up in Pamplemousses next to SSR National Hospital with private funds with help of AURAR, a private non-profit organisation from Réunion. Mr Benydeen is the responsible nursing officer.
For the first time, a local team performs one kidney transplant in a public hospital in 1993. However, it’s only from 1995, that the local team start a sustained programme that would do about 10 transplants a year for the next 20 years. The surgeons are Dr R Upadhyaya and Dr Bundhun and the nephrologist is Dr S Gaya.
The National Trust Fund for Renal Dialysis Treatment is set up by the Government to assist kidney failure and dialysis. Although most of the costs is met by the Fund, patients have to pay Rs 300 per dialysis session.
A Renal Dialysis Unit was set up at the Victoria Hospital supported by the Trust Fund. It started operation with donated second hand machines. However, the increasing number of patients and lack of facilities meant most patients were still being treated at private clinics.
Haemodialysis is made totally free in Mauritius
Two new haemodialysis units were set up – one at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital (April 2000) and the other at Jawaharlall Nehru Hospital (May 2000), following a donation of 14 dialysis machines from the World Health Organisation.
The first public dialysis unit in Port Louis open in the rented upper floor of the Local Health Centre at Volcy Pougnet Street, a stone throw from the AG Jeetoo Hospital. It starts with 5 Nipro Type 2 dialysis machines.
A new haemodialysis unit is open in Riche Mare in Centre de Flacq at a distance from Flacq Hospital. With this latest opening, all the five regional hospitals in Mauritius have an attcahed dialysis unit each.
15 July 2006
Human Tissue (Removal, Preservation and Transplant) Act is voted at the National Assembly.
The new AG Jeetoo hospital opens with first haemodialysis unit in purpose-built premises.
Erythropoeitin (a hormone to treat anaemia) injections is made free for all dialysis patients.
18 January 2019
Opening of a second new haemodialysis unit at AG Jeetoo Hospital in Port Louis which doubles the capacity at the hospital from 21 dialysis machines to 47
26 July 2019
The Renal Association is born!
Mauritius like most countries in the world goes into lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dialysis units mobilise to keep vulnerable dialysis patients safe.
3 March 2021
A new satellite haemodialysis unit opens at Long Mountain Hospital. Linked to the main unit at SSRN Hospital, it has 20 brand new dialysis machines.
19 August 2021
The Ministry of Health and Welllness creates the Nephrology Unit which is now separate from the Medical unit with a Consultant-in-Charge and 5 nephrologists in the 5 regional hospitals.
19 October 2021
Launch of the first ever formal training for renal nurses in Mauritius in the form of the ‘Certificate of Nephrology’ by the Ministry of Health and Wellness at the Mauritius Institue of Health.