MNU nursing students volunteer at Covid-19 facilities; HEOC calls for volunteers

Hulhumalé Covid-19 Facility | Photo: Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services

Malé, Maldives – 136 nursing students from Maldives National University have responded to the call for volunteers and started work at Covid-19 facilities in greater Malé area.

323 MNU staff and 1,026 students have been volunteering in different capacities at both the greater Malé area and in the atoll frontliners, since the pandemic began in the Maldives in March 2021.

MNU volunteers are active in food distribution sectors and training health professionals for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authorities are urging the public to volunteer at Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) as the Covid-19 crisis has escalated beyond control with HPA rushing to increase capacity in the Covid-19 treatment facilities in the Maldives. Medical professionals have brought to attention the fact that even with increased capacity in terms of beds and equipment, the human resources are stretched thin.

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 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.

HPA is calling to the public to volunteer at any capacity possible.

13 deaths, a recorded number in recent history of Maldives, were marked yesterday with majority originating in Covid-19 facilities.

While 1,417 cases were recorded yesterday alone in Maldives, the statistics released by HPA detailed that out of the 1,417 cases, 1,097 were from the Malé area, while 303 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 17 case from operational resorts and no cases from liveaboards which brought up the total active cases in the country to 24,057.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 57,341 out of which 33,136 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 23, 2021.

Maldives has recorded 142 Covid-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.