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Meet the Minister, Secretary of State and Principal Secretary

THE MINISTER

With thirty years of experience in the health system of Seychelles, Minister Peggy Vidot is committed to the development of the country’s health sector. She holds a postgraduate qualification in Management of Health Services from Manchester University.

Minister Vidot’s experience in health began in nursing practice followed by several senior positions at the Ministry of Health in community health, teaching and later on health management and policy development. Her roles at the Ministry of Health have included, the Director of Nursing from 1987 to 1995, Director of Health Planning and Operational Research from 1995-2003, Special Adviser to Minister of Health from 2012 to 2013 and recently, the Principal Secretary for Health from 2013 to 2016.

In these roles, Minister Vidot has spearheaded numerous developments to better healthcare in Seychelles, including the establishment of the community health services in Seychelles and the setup and coordination of a task force to define health sector reform in 2013.

In 2003, Minister Vidot was appointed Adviser Health Section in the Social Transformation Programmes Division (STPD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London where she led programmes in Human Resources for Health and Maternal and Child Health and Non communicable Diseases. In that role she worked with governments across the Commonwealth to strengthen their health policies as well as contribute to national, regional and global efforts to achieve the Millenium Development Goals.

Minister Vidot is passionate about providing quality health care and evidence base practice.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE

Ambassador Marie Pierre Lloyd was born in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles on 15th June 1952. She has served as the Secretary of State for Health since 1st February 2020. She is divorced with two daughters.

Ambassador Lloyd has previously held several senior positions in the public service. She was Minister for Employment & Social Affairs from August 2006 to June 2007, and Minister of Health & Social Development from July 2007 to June 2010.

In October 2012 she was appointed Seychelles’ High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and non-resident Ambassador to several other countries. She returned to Seychelles after her posting in December 2016.

Ambassador Lloyd has also founded and led several initiatives aimed at empowering women, girls and other vulnerable groups. In 2014 she won the Social Driver Award from the London-based Grassroot Diplomat, and in 2016 her leadership and dedication to the diplomatic service was recognized by her peers and she was awarded Diplomat of the Year Award for Africa.

THE PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

Dr Bernard Valentin is a general medical practitioner with post graduate qualification in health services management.

He has occupied various high positions in the local and international health sector, including the position of Special Advisor to the Minister for Health and Principal Secretary for Health.

He has served for three years on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. In the late 1990s Dr Bernard Valentin served, for one term, in the National Assembly of Seychelles as an elected member of that body.

Dr Valentin is also a seasoned creative writer and news commentator for the print media. In 2013 and 2016, he won highest awards for literature writing in the creole language. He has published two books and a third is being published.

PRESS RELEASE

Seychelles issues new travel measures
April 21, 2021
Seychelles rolls out COVISHIELD second dose
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Health Authorities investigate COVID-19 cases at Elderly Home
March 15, 2021

NOTICE

Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.

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Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.