POTY 2024: Dr. Kailesh Jagutpal Named African Public Health Leader of the Year

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Honorable Dr. Kailesh Jagutpal, Minister of Health and Wellness in Mauritius, has been bestowed with the prestigious title of African Public Health Leader of the Year. This prestigious accolade recognizes Dr. Jagutpal’s outstanding leadership achievements in the public health sector.

Dr. Jagutpal’s exemplary leadership has been instrumental in the successful implementation of numerous strategic initiatives aimed at safeguarding public health, particularly amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. His decisive actions and unwavering commitment have significantly contributed to mitigating the impact of the virus in Mauritius.

Dr. Jagutpal’s Remarkable Achievements:

Strategic COVID-19 Response: Dr. Jagutpal’s adept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in safeguarding the health of Mauritians. His implementation of the Strategic Plan against COVID-19 has mitigated the impact of the virus and saved lives.

Promoting Holistic Health: Under his visionary guidance, Mauritius has witnessed the launch of critical Action Plans aimed at promoting health and well-being:

National Cancer Control Programme: Dr. Jagutpal’s commitment to cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment has been unwavering.

National Action Plan on Breastfeeding: His advocacy for maternal and infant health has fostered a culture of breastfeeding support.

National Action Plan on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Dr. Jagutpal’s dedication to reproductive rights and comprehensive sexual health services has empowered individuals across the nation.

Accessible Healthcare: Dr. Jagutpal’s tireless efforts have ensured that quality healthcare services are accessible to all Mauritian citizens. His focus on preventive measures, primary care, and community health has made a significant impact.

Wellness Advocacy: As a public health leader, Dr. Jagutpal consistently emphasizes wellness beyond medical treatment. Mental health awareness, nutrition, and lifestyle choices are integral components of his holistic approach.

International Recognition: Dr. Jagutpal’s contributions extend beyond Mauritius. His active participation in global health forums and collaboration with international organizations have elevated Mauritius’ standing in the field of public health.

The event promises roundtable panel discussions, keynote addresses, talks about partnerships and investments, and high-level networking opportunities, among its main attractions. ALM Persons of the Year winners will also receive awards during the ceremony, which will also feature the unveiling of the special POTY Edition of African Leadership Magazine.

Exclusive dignitaries confirmed to attend the event include His Excellency William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya; His Excellency George Weah, the former President of Liberia; Hon. Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the speaker of the Liberia House of Representatives; His Excellency Rodrigo Guzmán Barro, the Ambassador, Embassy of Chile in Addis Ababa, Mauritius; Ngozi Ekeoma, the CEO of NAPAL Petroleum; Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan (FCA), the Group CEO of First Bank of Nigeria; Apostle Michael Adeyemi Adefarasin, Chief Servant, Kingdom Lifeline Apostolic Ministries International; Daniel Asiedu, the Managing Director of the OmniBSICBank, Accra, Ghana; Mr. Henry Fallah Saamoi, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank (Liberia) Limited, Monrovia, Liberia; Mr. Gil Bires, the Director-General of Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX-Mozambique); and Mr. Mike Kamungeremu, the President of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC), among many others.

About ALM Persons of the Year (POTY)

The ALM Persons of the Year (POTY) Ceremony is a flagship annual event of the African Leadership Magazine, which has been held consecutively over the past 12 years, convening policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society leaders, thought leaders, and all stakeholders from across Africa and the rest of the world to discuss issues bothering Africa’s socio-economic growth and development. The event has also become a prestigious platform for honouring people-centred leadership and Africans who are pursuing a pan-African agenda in their chosen fields of endeavour.

About African Leadership Magazine

Published by the African Leadership Organization (UK), the African Leadership Magazine focuses on presenting the best of Africa to a global audience. It shares the African story from an African perspective, offering solutions to current challenges on the continent. For the past 16 years, the organization has dedicated itself to promoting impactful leadership and African opportunities globally through quality Afro-positive content, African trade facilitation, market entry solutions, Afro-centric communities, business networking platforms, and public sector training and consulting.


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