Budget allocated for AEH is not ideal: CEO

CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital Dr. Mohamed Solih | Photo: Addu City Council

Addu City, Maldives – The newly appointed CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH), Dr. Mohamed Solih has said that the budget allocated for the hospital for the year 2021 is not deal.

Speaking with local media outlet, “adduLIVE”, the estimated MVR 180 million budget is not ideal and that the hospital is roughly at the stage where Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) was during 2006 and 2007, which at the time was allocated MVR 350 million.

MVR 180 million is an acceptable amount to start with, but we will need more.

– Dr. Mohamed Solih, CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH)

Adding, he said that while the budget constraints are understandable, he believes that the government would provide more fundings when justified.

The Budget Committee of the Parliament concluded the analysis of the proposed budget, after which, MVR 134 million has been added to it. With this, the new total of the budget goes up to MVR 34.92 billion. Deliberation on the report prepared by the the Committee has been scheduled for this upcoming Sunday.

It is unclear whether the newly proposed changes to the budget include a budgetary increase for AEH, which is currently serving the country’s southern region as a tertiary care hospital.

While the proposed budget has been increased, Minister Ameer stressed the importance of the state budget being passed without any changes if the country wishes to recover from the indebted situation it is currently facing.