Covid-19 is out of control in Maldives: Dr. Mohamed Ali

Dr. Mohamed Ali. Physician at National Center for Respiratory Medicine, IGMH | Photo: OneOnline

Malé, Maldives – Physician at National Centre for Respiratory Medicine, IGMH Dr. Mohamed Ali has warned Maldives that Covid-19 is out of control in the country, and everyone has to acknowledge instead of blaming one another to control the crisis.

Dr. Mohamed Ali said that even at this critical junction Maldivians are blaming each other and it must stop.

He highlighted that even as the workforce remains the same for the past one and a half years, Covid-19 hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. The healthcare workers are stretched to their limits. With the active health facilities in the country over burdened with Covid-19 patients, the non-Covid-19 treatments are threatened to be hampered.

While the country is currently going through one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 290 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country. The Covid-19 related deaths are also increasing rapidly.

With a majority of the hospitalized patients being in the capital, experts continuously reiterate the importance of taking preventive steps against Covid-19, such as maintaining adequate physical distancing, wearing masks and practising hand hygiene.

On May 20, IGMH informed that the Hulhumalé Medical Facility designated for treating Covid-19 patients is almost fully occupied. IGMH stated that 226 of the 272 beds at the facility are currently in use. Medical professionals have repeatedly stressed the threat of medical facilities being overburdened to the point that they have to choose patients to treat depending on who is sicker.

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,559 cases, 1,135 were from the Malé area, while 401 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 20 case from operational resorts and 03 from liveaboards which brought up the total active cases in the country to 23,464.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 55,924 out of which 32,322 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 23, 2021.