31 July 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015 09:58
Road accidents are often making news headlines these days. We have at least one fatal accident every two days for the past several months in this country. 80 people have died as a result of road accidents since January 2015. The sad fact is that most of these deaths could have been avoided had the drivers or riders been more circumspect or followed traffic rules and manners.
Sunday, 19 July 2015 08:00
The Mauritius Family Planning Welfare Association (MFPWA) reported that since the beginning of the year, 35 teens who have been sexually abused have fallen pregnant. The majority of the victims are between 12 and 15 years old. From January to March 2014, the MFPWA has recorded that 45 of 96 girls who have been sexually abused have fallen pregnant.
Sunday, 12 July 2015 07:04
Drugs shortage in our hospitals and chemist shops have become an acute problem, especially in certain rural hospitals. This is obviously a problem of management. The Central Medical Store is responsible for the supply of drugs to hospitals, dispensaries and chemist shops across the country. Is there something wrong in the supply of drugs to our hospitals, dispensaries and even to some chemist shops these days?
Sunday, 05 July 2015 08:16
Cancer is on the increase in Mauritius. Every year, the National Cancer Registry registers 2000 new cases. And hundreds of Mauritians died of cancer annually. Many health experts reckon that one of the major causes is pesticides and other chemical substances that planters or crop growers use in vegetables and fruits they grow. 60% cases of cancer are recorded among women. For example, the number of new cases of breast cancer has passed from 378 in 2013 to reach 546 in 2014. For the same period, the number of woman suffering from cancer has passed from 876 to 1484. As for men, the number rises from 658 to 883.
Sunday, 28 June 2015 10:30
It is high time now that our Criminal Justice System mainly on our law of evidence and on police interrogation techniques need reviewing thoroughly. According to Judges Rules, police have to caution a suspect before interrogating him or her.
Sunday, 07 June 2015 07:00
The World Bank Report 2013 on road accidents in Mauritius, which had been kept in a drawer, has just been made public by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. The report reveals that though roads in Mauritius are much better than on the African continent, their sizes in comparison with Europe pose great danger and are real causes for road accidents.
Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:00
Do we have to worry about the amount of pesticides in our fruits and vegetables that are sold in Mauritius? According to the Agricultural and Research Extension Unit (AREU), the answer is no, as the amount of pesticides is under strict control on our fruits and vegetables. Most pesticides are known for their toxic effects on human beings, especially on the nervous system, affecting hormone glands and have carcinogenic effects, and cause irritation of the eyes, lungs and skin. To this day, no sign of such symptoms has been disclosed.
Sunday, 24 May 2015 07:00
There is an urgent need to reform our labour legislation to make them more flexible. We need new change on the Employment Relation Act and Employment Right Act.
Sunday, 17 May 2015 07:00
Is there a provision made in our Road Traffic Act to compensate victims of uninsured drivers on our roads? Police, Road Safety Officers, Ministry of Transport, National Transport Authority and Road Development Authorities tend to forget about uninsured drivers that cause more road accidents with lots of casualties. Who will compensate those road accident victims if the drivers have no insurance?
Sunday, 10 May 2015 07:00
Although it is nearly fifty years since Mauritius gained Independence, we are still very much a dependent nation on World Bank and IMF. This is seen more starkly in the economic sphere where all Finance Ministers in the past made a bee line to the World Bank for aid at the drop of a hat. Cartoonists had a field day portraying them with the begging bowl.