A doctor tested positive; no contact with patients – ADK

ADK Hospital in Male' city. | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – While a doctor working at the ADK hospital in the capital city Malé did test positive for Covid-19, he was not in contact with patients, according to ADK hospital.

The hospital stated this amid rising public concern after the news of a cluster formed by a Covid-19 positive doctor treating patients at ADK hospital and spreading the disease to neighbours living in his apartment building after violating HPA guidelines.

The managing director of ADK, Ahmed Aflah, denied these allegations according to “Mihaaru” news.

The doctor was immediately placed in home quarantine after he became symptomatic. The doctor’s family previously had Covid-19 positive patients.

Ahmed Aflah

ADK hospital recently closed and disinfected their High Dependency Unit (HDU) when 3 people who visited the hospital tested positive. The Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) held a press conference to address the issue on 24 January 2021. Aflah stressed that the closing of the HDU was due to these 3 patients and not because of a doctor testing positive.

Aflah highlighted the importance of taking the pandemic seriously and only visiting the hospital when necessary after taking precautions. The hospital is also facing operational challenges due to many employees being placed on quarantine due to the pandemic.