Addu City, Maldives – CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) Dr. Mohamed Solih has said that AEH is too small to operate multiple outpatient departments (OPD) and that he plans to move general practitioners (GP) to Hithadhoo Regional Hospital (HRH).
In an interview to local media outlet “adduLIVE” , Dr. Solih said that the hospital is already facing space issues with a maximum of two rooms available for each specialty. He said that to solve this issue, he has plans to move GP OPD’s to HRH, which is currently utilized as a COVID-19 facility.
Dr. Solih added that to solve long waiting times at AEH, there are plans to start OPD’s at various health centers in Addu City. He said that with this change there would be no need for people from other islands to go to AEH unless for an emergency. He added that many more doctors need to be employed for this to happen.
Dr. Solih has previously said in a meeting with the Addu City Council that the hospital was getting new doctors from abroad and that this process would take around three months. He also added that major organisational changes were being brought to the hospitals structure. In addition to this, to improve service levels, the hospital is also working on setting up a toll free number.
Dr. Solih was appointed as the CEO of AEH by the President’s Office earlier this month and has 15 years of experience in the management area of the health industry. He also has 26 years of experience in clinical care, in addition to several management positions at IGMH and other health care facilities, he has served as Chief Surgeon, Managing Director and CEO of Medica Hospital