MAURITIUS: New faculty of pharmacy opens

With French cooperation, the Louis Pasteur School of Medicine in Port-Louis is opening a new faculty of pharmacy, reports L'Express of Port-Louis.

The 80 lecturers who will teach at the faculty have been appointed by the Conseil de l'Université de France. The courses will last five years, of which six months of practical work will take place in France. The programme has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius, and will be supported by the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lille, in France.

Recruitment is taking place immediately, as the course is due to open in September this year, said L'Express. The programme is compatible with the European directive so graduates' degrees will be recognised in all European countries.

The newspaper quoted Professor Soorianarain Baligadoo of Louis Pasteur, who said that as life expectancy grew longer the need for doctors and pharmacists would grow and the Indian Ocean region would not be spared. "In Madagascar and the Comores there is an enormous need for specialists, medical biologists and dentists. In Mauritius, too, we are suffering from a lack of specialists."

He added: "This lack is also felt in new specialisations, for example cardiology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery. We also need specialists in these fields."