Surgery to help the obese achieve healthier weight performed in Seychelles for first time
The Seychelles’ Health Ministry has for the first time conducted bariatric surgery as a long-term intervention for obese people to lose and maintain a healthy weight.
The first five surgeries were conducted at the Seychelles Hospital this week thanks to a collaboration the Ministry has with the Jeo Jyoti Foundation of India.
In a press conference at the Ministry on Wednesday, Jean-Paul Adam, the minister responsible for health, told journalists that this surgical procedure has been long-awaited and is a proven weight loss management option for persons who whose weight is deemed life-threatening.
“Studies conducted by the World Health Organisation show that with bariatric surgery the quality of life of obese people can be improved as well as enhancing their productivity in the country’s economy,” said Adam.