Opposition calls out Health Minister Naseem for not observing quarantine

Health Minister Naseem on his visit to Ungoofaaru | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – While R. Ungoofaaru has been placed under monitoring following a positive case on 20 March, opposition has called out the Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem for not observing quarantine during his recent visit to the island.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has advised all individuals who visited Ungoofaaru from 1 March 2021 to quarantine for a 10 day period and the Health Minister’s visit falls within this duration.

Minister Naseem visited R. Ungoofaaru on 8 March to inaugurate the start of construction of the Ungoofaaru regional hospital. He was accompanied by a team including MP of Ungoofaaru constituency Mohamed Waheed.

The opposition coalition has voiced out concern after the team met with members of the Ungoofaaru community with close contact and are not observing quarantine upon return to Malé.

A statement released by PNC regarding this pointed out that all islanders who visited Ungoofaaru are observing quarantine and there should be no discrimination in health safety procedures.

The Opposition also highlighted that individuals who visited Addu City and HDh. Kulhudhuffushi under Special Pass from HPA were tested positive, resulting in a cluster in Addu City and bringing the city into monitoring status.

The Opposition has also called out the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for allegedly not observing quarantine after his diplomatic visit to Qatar and Bangladesh this month and planning to visit Addu City.

Malé is experiencing a third wave with new variants confirmed and seven islands in the atolls have also recorded positive cases.