100 high risk Covid-19 patients refusing care at facilities

Sana Saleem, Monitoring Cluster, HEOC | Photo: HEOC

Malé, Maldives – There are 100 individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19, falling in the high risk category, that refuse to receive care at a dedicated Covid-19 facility, revealed the Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC), on Tuesday night.

Speaking at the HEOC press conference, Monitoring Cluster official Sana Saleem revealed that there are a total of 1,516 Covid-19 positive individuals who are in home isolations, out of which, 1,405 fit into the home isolation criteria.

Among those who are staying home [home isolation] include those who refuse to receive care at a facility, despite falling into the high risk category. As such, a total of 100 individuals have received such care within the past 14 days. There are also additional 11 individuals within routine cases, although no emergency situation has occured, who also refuse the facility’s care.

Sana Saleem, Monitoring Cluster, HEOC

Sana added that the team regularly checks up on those who are in home isolation, as well as care tagged individuals who are in home quarantine, after being determined as direct contacts.

Care tagged individuals are those who are above the age of 65 or below the age of 10, or those who are on life long medications.

Sana Saleem, Monitoring Cluster, HEOC

Urging the public to provide accurate information during such check up calls, Sana highlighted that they work on solving any issues that the public may face during home isolation and that during such calls, they often observe that some do not accurately explain their health situation.

During this process, we notice a lot that some people are either coughing or experiencing breathing difficulties. But when asked how they feel, the answer we get is that they are fine, even when we notice the symptoms. So we urge such individuals to speak with the doctors as well.

Sana Saleem, Monitoring Cluster, HEOC

As of now, there are a total of 2,535 active cases of Covid-19 in the Maldives, out of which, 165 are receiving hospitalized care. Experts warn that the symptoms of the virus may worsen at any time, and that such changes must be communicated to health care professionals immediately.

The Maldives has lost 64 lives due to Covid-19, while 18,428 have made full recoveries.