Public health and Covid-19 in Mauritius

Healthcare in Mauritius

Healthcare in Mauritius is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Mauritius is 70.9 years for men and 77.7 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.9 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 671.86 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,103.03 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Mauritius

Since the beginning of the pandemic until May 28th, 2023, a total of 304,233 infected people and 1,050 deaths have been reported in Mauritius.

The total of 304,233 infected people currently represents 23.92 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 2.62 million vaccine doses have been administered as of May 21st, 2023. There are 1.12 million people who have received at least one vaccination (88.4 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 640,398 people (50.4 percent).

1.09 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Mauritius (= 85.6 percent).
This makes Mauritius one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 23 countries.

Weight and size

Body height173 cm159 cm
Weight73.6 kg65.7 kg


MauritiusØ worldwide
Diabetes *22.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.09%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

MauritiusØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.20%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Mauritius, 20.2 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in MauritiusThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Mauritius is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.4 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 2,560 physicians in Mauritius, there are about 2.02 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 23 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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