Covid-19: Dharumavantha Hospital ICU filled to 50% capacity

Dharumavantha Hospital | Photo: Raajje MV

Male’, Maldives – The Medical Director of Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), Dr. Yoosuf Shan has revealed that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Dharumavantha Hospital, which is an extension of IGMH, where currently Covid-19 patients are being admitted, has been filled to half capacity.

Speaking on a program by Public Service Media (PSM), Dr. Shan expressed his worries towards the health industry, saying that much alike other countries around the globe, a major concern for the health industry of the country is the fact that health care facilities may become overburdened and overwhelmed by the demand caused due to the increasing numbers of Covid-19, which may result in patients not receiving adequate care.

Adding on, he highlighted that the Covid-19 numbers in the country are on the rise, specifying that while there were days where there were no patients admitted in the hospital’s ICU, the same space has now been filled to 50% capacity, while the medical facility in Hulhumale’ also continues to see increased numbers of admitted patients.

Capacity is filling up and we need to decrease the number of patients the need to decrease patients who require hospitalized care is ever more important.

Dr. Yoosuf Shan, Medical Director, IGMH

As for the statistics of the past few days, the daily number of Covid-19 cases has risen above 100, as opposed to the two digit figures just a week back. With this, the total count of Covid-19 cases in the country has hit a 15,000 mark, with 116 patients receiving hospitalized care. So far, 51 patients have passed away due to the virus,