Public Officers will henceforth have access to a fitness centre, a modern and well-equipped centralised facility, to practice regular sports activities at the seat of the Ministry of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms, SICOM Building 2 in Port-Louis.
The fitness centre was inaugurated, today, by the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, in presence of the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr Jean Christophe Stephan Toussaint; the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal; the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Mrs Kalpana Devi Koonjoo-Shah; and the Minister of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms, Mr Vikram Hurdoyal.
The facility, to the tune of some Rs 6 million, caters for some 80 000 Public Officers of different ages and fitness levels. It is fitted with latest high-tech fitness accessories, high-end cardio machines, and other heavy duty exercise equipment. It has been set up by the Ministry in collaboration with the Public Officers’ Welfare Council (PoWC) and the Mauritius Sports Council (MSC).
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that the setting up of the fitness centre is in line with Government’s objective to promote a sports culture among Public Officers and to cater for their overall wellbeing. “A healthier person is more productive and efficient at work especially when it comes to service delivery”, he said.
Government, he added, cares for the health and welfare of the population hence the setting up of the fitness centre would help energise Public Officers, keep them fit and enhance productivity. The centre, he indicated, will be managed by the PoWC and all activities will be conducted under the supervision of qualified instructors and coaches of the MSC, which according to him, is imperative when conducting physical activities.