Mauritius: Dewonteea Domah, born at Camp Fouquereaux in Highlands on 03 July 1923, celebrated her 100th birthday today at the Shardanand Infirmary, Gayasingh Street in Port Louis.
In that context, the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity organised an official ceremony to honour the new centenarian. On this occasion, she received, from the authorities, a cheque amounting to Rs 26,203; another one to the tune of Rs 10,000 from the National Solidarity Fund; a microwave oven; a bouquet; a centenarian medal; and a certificate.
The father of Domah was the owner of a sawmill and was also breeding cows and selling milk for his living. Her mother was a housewife. Dewonteea Domah never went to school. She had two brothers and five sisters, and all of them had already passed away. She has her sister in law, who is 90 years old.
She was married to Pursun of Camp Caval in Curepipe, but their relationship did not last long, and they divorced after some years of marriage. She did not remarry and did not have any children. After her separation, she came to live at her father’s place.
She inherited her own sugarcane fields from her father and was earning her living from that. She was also being helped by her two brothers, who were all living in the same yard.
Domah was a very disciplined person and very independent. She is a vegetarian and lives a simple life. She attributes her longevity to her hard work, disciplined lifestyle, and faith in God.
Latest statistics from the Welfare and Elderly Persons’ Protection Unit of the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity reveal that the Republic of Mauritius has recorded, as of 03 July 2023, a total of 170 centenarians from Mauritius and Rodrigues.
In Mauritius, the number of female and male centenarians stands at 139 and 20, respectively, while in Rodrigues, nine females and two males are recorded.