Services provided by the Medical Unit ,
Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions
The Medical Unit provides medical and paramedical services to Elderly and Disabled children. The Medical Unit
has a pool of 72 Doctors, 39 Nursing Officers, 7 Physiotherapists and 6 Occupational Therapists.
(i) Visit to Infirmaries
Medical Officers, Nursing Officers, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists provide weekly visit to Charitable
Institutions where medical and paramedical services are provided.
(ii) Domiciliary Visit to persons over 90 years, to bedridden persons over 75 years and to
children with severe disabilities up to 18 years
Medical Officers of this Ministry pay monthly visits to persons aged 90 and above to assess their state of
health and doctors prescribe medicines where necessary. Domiciliary Visits are also performed by doctors
on a monthly basis for bedridden persons who are over 75 years. Drugs are made available at the local health
centres or the regional hospital.
(iii) Health Clubs in the Elderly Day Care Centres
The setting up of Health Club in the community through the network of Elderly Day Care Centres. There are
20 Health Clubs all over the Island where health promotion and diseases prevention is being carried out.
Health talks are carried out by Nursing Officer twice monthly where Elderly of the Community attends.
Each month an activity concerning a specific health problem is being tackled. Resource persons such
as doctors, nurses and health educators provide their services. The topics addressed are Diabetes,
Hypertension, cardio vascular disease, mental problems, falls in the elderly and the most important topic
being palliative care for people in their end of life. Elderly are screened for diabetic mellitus and hypertension.
Diabetic patients benefit from foot care demonstrations and foot hygiene in order to prevent leg amputations.
(iv) Vaccination for the Elderly
Anti-influenza vaccines are provided to the Elder persons above 60 years in order to prevent complications
due to influenza and to improve the quality of life of the elderly.
For the year 2015, the vaccination campaign started on 22 April 2015 and ended on 29 May 2015. A total
number of 72,000 have been effected including Rodrigues.
There are 3 Recreation Centres namely at Belle Mare, Pointe aux Sables and Pointe aux Piments.
The Medical Unit provides services of Nursing Officer on a 24-hour basis for residents who suffer from
Youth Centres (RYC)
The Rehabilitation Youth Centres at Beau Bassin receive services of Doctor five times weekly and on call basis.
Nurses are posted on a 24-hour basis. RYC provide daily services of Psychologists (STM) to support
inmates. One Occupational Therapist is posted daily at the RYC.
Medical Unit also prepare and schedule Medical Board sessions:
· Basic Invalidity Pension for claimants applying for Basic Invalidity Pensions for persons aged
between 15 and 59 years; a Carers’ Allowance for claimants benefiting Basic Invalidity Pension but
who are so disabled so as to need the constant care of another person for their life sustaining activities.
· Basic Retirement Pension/Severely Handicapped (BRP/SH)
Prepare and schedule Medical Board to persons aged 60 years benefiting from Basic Retirement Pension
and who need the constant personal attendance of another person for their daily activities.
· Domiciliary Visits Medical Examination (DV/ME)
Claimants suffering from any disablement and who are bedridden can apply for a pension either
Basic Invalidity Pension or Carers’ Allowance or Basic Retirement Pension for severely handicapped
through their proxy as they are unable to attend a medical board. A domiciliary visit is scheduled
for them where a general practitioner visits and examines these persons at their place of residence in
order to assess their disablement and make recommendation for pension purposes.
· Social Aid (SA)
Schedule general practitioners to service medical sessions to examine claimants applying for
Social Aid. Social Aid sessions are held in Social Security Offices, Area Health Centres and Hospitals.
· Injury Boards (IB)
Medical Injury Boards Sessions are scheduled to examine persons contributing to the National
Pensions Scheme who are injured at work or suffering from any prescribed occupational diseases,
as mentioned in the National Pensions Act, with a view to determine the percentage of loss or permanent
· Medical Tribunal (MT)
The Medical Tribunal hears appeal from claimants who are not satisfied with decision of the Medical
Board regarding their claim for pension as follows:
1 Basic Invalidity Pension (aged between 15 and 59)
2 An additional Basic Invalid’s Pension (or Carer’s Allowance for severe disablement)
3 An increase in Basic Retirement Pension (aged 60 and over)
4 Disablement Pension (aged 15 and over) following injury at work (Section 26 of National
· Appeal Tribunal
An Appeal Tribunal has also been set up under section 36 of the National Pensions Act.
The Appeal Tribunal consists of a Chairman appointed by the Attorney General and two
other members appointed by the Minister after consultation with representatives of
employers and employees. It hears appeals from persons who are not satisfied with a
decision of National Pension, Officers (other than a Medical Question).