Addu City, Maldives – Addu Equatorial Hospital will introduce new services during the upcoming year, and also reduce the issues regarding long waiting lists for consultations, revealed the newly appointed CEO of the hospital, Dr. Mohamed Solih.
Speaking with local media outlet ‘adduLIVE’, Dr. Solih explained that cardiology services will be restructured, along with a catheterization laboratory, which would increase the services cardio patients receive from the hospital.
“There is a vision to establish a general practice service – for NCDs such as hypertension and diabetes. Such patients now consult doctors on their own, and often times visit a physician. This is not how it should be.” He said.
He explained that the plan is to bring such patients with the initiative of the hospital and get the required tests done for them every three months, under special arrangements.
He further added that very soon, all health centers in Addu will also have visiting specialist OPD consultations from doctors of the Hospital, which would help to reduce the hospital’s queue and make it more convenient for patients to consult.
He explained that the appointment allocation system also needs to be restructured, along with increasing the number of doctors at the hospital, to reduce the load on queues.
Dr. Solih previously also stated that the estimated MVR 180 million budget for the year 2021 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. However, he said that while the budget constraints are understandable, he believes that the government would provide more fundings when justified.