HRCM advices to follow protective measures placed against Covid-19

Newly members appointed to HRCM in September (from L-R) Dr. Ahmed Adham Abdulla, Moomina Waheed and Aminath Shifaath Abdul Razzaq. | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) has advised the public to follow the protective measures placed against the contagious Covid-19 virus as the situation worsens in the country.

HRCM stated this after the small island nation recorded 601 cases yesterday. Statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 601 cases, 440 were from the Malé area. In addition, Dharumavantha Hospital (DH11) ICU is at full capacity, with six people on ventilators.

HRCM expressed concern over the fact that the number of cases has once again started to rise rapidly in the greater Male’ area and the atolls of Maldives. HRCM advised all the citizens to follow the instructions given by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to protect themselves against the virus.

Along with this, HRCM also adviced the concerned authorities to take all the necessary steps that need to be taken to protect the citizens from Covid-19 and to provide the rights of the citizens while considering the situation of the country.

While noting that at a time that the hospital beds are being completely occupied, HRCM noted that it is important for the concerned authorities to give special importance to pregnant women, special needs people and to those who are receiving medical care for devastating diseases.

While the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and active cases were considerably low in late 2020, the cases have been rising rapidly by going over 50 cases in a day after the restrictive measures were eased last month followed by the local council elections that was held on April 10.

At present, there are only 7 facilities, with all less than 50 beds, in the atolls according to data released by HPA on 30 April 2021. The facilities with the highest capacity are B. Atoll facility with 45 beds and GA. Vilingili facility with 43 beds, while HA. Ihavandhoo and Gn. Fuvahmulah has only 3 beds. The rest are L. Gan facility (41 beds), Addu City (34 beds) and Sh. Atoll facility (20 beds).

The total number f Covid-19 cases recorded in the country had reached 31,931 out of which 25,340 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 4, 2021.