Mauritius Prime Minister chairs first High Level Drugs and HIV Council

Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. Photo: File Photo.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth chaired the country’s first High Level Drug and HIV Council at the Treasury Building in Port Louis, Mauritius this week.

The Council focuses on the findings of three reports which are the National Drug Control Master Plan 2018-2020, the National Action Plan for HIV 2017-2021 and the report of the commission of inquiry on drugs chaired by former judge, Paul Lam Shang Leen.

According to the Republic of Mauritius website, the council will incorporate Non-Governmental Organisations including the Collectif Urgence Toxida (CUT) et Prévention Information et Lutte contre le Sida (PILS), law enforcement officers, officials from several ministries and representatives of the private sector.

“The aim is to promote a multispectral approach so that the best solution is found and concrete measures are planned so as to minimise the impact of drugs in the country,” said Jugnauth.

Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that follow-up of proposals made by the Council will be coordinated by two Secretariats.

And the Secretariats are the National Aids Secretariat which operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, and the National Drug Secretariat which operates under the Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues.

Jugnauth emphasised on the importance of fighting against the drug scourge. He pointed out that only repression is not enough, the whole aspect of drugs consumption must be fought against, hence the setting up of the High Level Drugs and HIV Council.

Jugnauth is also the county’s Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

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