Creation of a database of children with congenital heart defects in Mauritius

The Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care is creating a database of children with congenital heart defects living in Mauritius and Rodrigues with a view, among others, to improve patient care through early diagnostic and timely cardiac intervention and surgical repair.

Congenital heart defects are malformations of the heart, heart valves or major blood vessels which are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. They range from simple defects such as ‘holes’ between chambers of the heart to very severe malformations with severe, life-threatening symptoms, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. In Mauritius, the infant mortality rate stands at 12 per 1,000 live births, with congenital heart defects being among the main causes of death.

 

The Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care has requested cardiac and paediatric units of regional hospitals across the country to refer young patients with congenital heart defects to the Cardiac centre so that the children get the care they need. A total number of 106 children have thus been registered and examined by a medical team with the assistance, and under the supervision of Dr Bernard de Geeter.

 

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