Emergency motion proposed to bring attention to deteriorating Covid-19 situation in atolls

Maldives Police Officer on traffic duty seen in full PPE kit amid Covid-19 | Photo: Hussain Waheed

Malé, Maldives – An emergency motion has been submitted to the Maldives Parliament to bring attention to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the atolls and to hold the government responsible for the Covid-19 crisis in the country.

The motion was sponsored by MP for Maavashu Constituency and Vice President of opposition party PNC, Mohamed Saeed in today’s sitting. In his proposal MP Saeed said that the motion was submitted to bring to attention the deteriorating status of his constituency, L. Maavashu, Hithadhoo and to bring attention to the issues in the system in place to control Covid-19.

MP Saeed said that the Covid-19 allocated over MVR 4 billion to control Covid-19. He noted that the citizen’s saying that has the government just spent that money on paying citizen’s salaries, electricity and water bills alone, it would have made a more positive impact in controlling the Covid-19 crisis is not simply an emotional response.

The opposition PNC VP said that the only thing citizens want is to go back to some form of normalcy after beating the virus, however, citizens have not found any benefits from the government’s actions.

In the meantime, 70 islands in the atolls are now under monitoring, and the death rate is escalating with 5 to 6 people dying daily.

MP of Mahibadhoo constituency, Ahmed Thoriq addressed the public outcry at the current situation in the overburdened Hulhumalé facility and said that his own mother had to sit in a chair for 10 hours to receive treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.

MP Thoriq also brought attention to the 92,000 people waiting for the second dose of Covishield, which is no longer available in the Maldives, and said that this situation occurred due to poor decision making by the government. He went on to ask where the President is when all this is happening.

MP of Faresmaathoda constituency accused the government of not establishing facilities in the islands to treat the public and is blind to the realities of the public.

Meanwhile, doctors are warning that 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. The healthcare workers are stretched to their limits. With the active health facilities in the country overburdened with Covid-19 patients, the non-Covid-19 treatments are threatened to be hampered. 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 recorded yesterday, 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.

Since the country recorded its first case of Covid-19, Maldives has reported 134 deaths till date including 5 deaths which were recorded today.