In a pioneering move, Mauritius is currently evaluating six potential cases for medical cannabis treatment. The newly formed Medicinal Cannabis Therapeutic Committee, which operates on a pilot basis at Victoria Hospital, has convened thrice to discuss these cases. This disclosure comes from the country's Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth.
Medical Practitioners Trained for Cannabis Treatment
During a parliamentary session, Pravind Jugnauth revealed that as part of a ministry-provided training program, 16 doctors have been trained to prescribe medical cannabis treatments. These doctors come from various specialities such as oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry. Also, three pharmacists have successfully completed the same training program.
Public Engagement Through WhatsApp News Service
The Prime Minister shared this information in response to a question from Ashley Ittoo, a Member of Parliament from the MSM party. The exchange was part of a WhatsApp news service initiative that invites the public to report on current events or unusual scenes by sharing photos or videos. This innovative approach to public engagement demonstrates the government's commitment to transparency and inclusiveness.
Medical Cannabis: A New Era in Mauritian Healthcare
The establishment of the Medicinal Cannabis Therapeutic Committee and the training of medical practitioners marks a new era in the Mauritian healthcare sector. With this step, Mauritius joins a growing list of countries that have embraced the potential benefits of medical cannabis. Much remains to be seen, but the early signs are promising, suggesting that medical cannabis could become a significant player in Mauritius's healthcare future.