Maldives to bring foreign mental health professionals

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih inaugurating the Centre for Mental Health established at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in 2018. | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives — The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has informed that the government has decided to bring psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from abroad on a rotating basis to treat the patients in Maldives.

President Solih mentioned this during a virtual event and noted that the Center for Mental Health established in IGMH of Male’ city, is receiving more patients than the center can treat at present. He also mentioned that the number of people being treated at the center is increasing in number due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Center for Mental Health has so far treated over 4,562 patients since it opened this year.

The President noted that they have been facing difficulties in finding people who are qualified to treat in the mental health sector to meet the increasing demands of the public. To address this, the government has planned to bring foreign health professionals on a rotating basis into the country. With this, President Solih noted that there will be psychiatrists and other mental health professionals available in Maldives in addition to the ones who are currently based in the country.

President Solih earlier stated that improving the mental health of the public is a top priority of the incumbent government.