With the creation, on July 5, 2012, of the Monaco Screening Centre, the Prince's Government established Monaco among model countries in terms of public health, and continues to improve and expand its health screening programmes.
Located in the Princess Grace Hospital Centre, the Monaco Screening Centre welcomes, listens to and informs those concerned and, where appropriate, directs them to seek appropriate care.
Among the diseases and infections covered by the screening programmes are tests for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and colorectal cancer and breast cancer – the most common cancers in our populations. Their screening makes it possible to ensure effective management of the disease. Breast cancer has also been screened since 1994.
Cervical cancer is the eighth cancer most affecting women in France. Aware of this risk, the Prince's Government attaches particular importance to preventive actions. The link between Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer has been demonstrated, which makes vaccination against this virus especially important. This vaccination is systematically offered to young girls from 11 to 14 years old.
Pap smears from 21 years old complete the vaccination. This coordination between vaccination and screening, which does not exist in other countries, is a very important step forward: the two-coupled actions allow for the eradication of cervical cancer by screening and treatment of precancerous lesions.
Organised screening campaigns for osteoporosis for women aged 55 to 80 have been progressively implemented and have worked remarkably well since September 2009.
The abnormal dilatation of the aneurysm of the aorta can lead to internal haemorrhage without precursor signs. This campaign started six months ago for people aged 65 to 80 and will treat aneurysms in a timely manner, the Department of Health and Social Affairs has said.
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On Wednesday, January 17, in the presence of Prince Albert, Patrick Bini, Director of the Princess Grace Hospital, presented his New Year wishes to all professionals at the hospital.
Among many others present were Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger, the President of the Board of Directors, André Garino, and the President of the Medical Establishment Commission, Dr Pierre Lavagna,
Mr Bini said that admissions increased by 5.5 percent while the number of surgical procedures was up by 6 percent. All the hospital’s medical services were operating at close to 100 percent capacity, the hospital chief said.
The director said that new services will start in the first half of 2018, including a Palliative Care Hospital Unit, a new Dialysis Service, new premises for the Blood Transfusion Centre and a new sector of scheduled consultations in Orthopaedics.
Mr Bini also announced, not without emotion and “with a feeling of duty accomplished duty,” his decision to retire on July 1 after 40 years of Hospital Management of which the last ten were as the head of CHPG.
During his speech, the Sovereign Prince warmly praised the work of Patrick Bini and especially thanked him for “leaving a hospital establishment whose activity is constantly growing and whose budget control has resulted in surpluses for the period 2008 to 2016.”
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Looking towards the future, the Prince's Government has entered into a partnership with Matrice, an entrepreneurship program at School 42 in Paris, with the goal of developing a Smart City in Monaco.
During this first season, after a 15-day immersion in the Principality, thirty students from several countries thought about ways to enrich the tourism experience in Monaco through new technologies.
The same group met up again at 42 for a hackathon, to generate ideas and concepts, which were then presented yesterday to a multidisciplinary jury, chaired by Serge Telle, Minister of State.
The students whose proposals have been selected by the jury now have 9 months to refine their projects, then create their own startup to implement them and participate in the construction of a Smart City in Monaco.