Southern Child Development Centre opened in Addu City

CEO of Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH), Dr Solih talking during the ceremony to inaugurate Southern Child Development Centre in Addu City on March 8, 2021 | Photo: AEH

Addu City, Maldives – Vice President Faisal Naseem has inaugurated the Southern Child Development Centre in Addu City today.

The Southern Child Development Centre, similar to the Child Development Centre in Hulhumalé Hospital, would feature child-centred and family-focused services for children with developmental issues. It would offer comprehensive assessments, individualised programmes and follow-up services, including psychology, counselling, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, in addition to other specialised services and care.

Speaking about the new centre during the ceremony held today, Vice President Faisal highlighted the importance of early detection, referral, investigation and diagnosis of children’s medical conditions, especially those with disabilities and special requirements.

He had also revealed plans to develop a similar facility in the north and spoke about expanding similar services across the country and also highlighted about the government’s initiatives at capacity building in healthcare-related fields.

The initiative has restructured the way people seek medical care across the country and cut down travel expenses on medical care, the Vice President said. Emphasising President Solih’s determination and commitment to listen and address the public’s concerns, the Vice President went on to detail the administration’s vision of empowering local councils through decentralised governance and improving services in all sectors.

The Vice President was joined in today’s ceremony by the Minister of Health, Ahmed Naseem, Minister at the President’s Office, Ali Shiyam, Special Adviser on Social Policy at the President’s Office, Dr Mustafa Lutfi, and senior management of AEH and other relevant agencies.