Motion regarding increasing death toll at Hulhumalé facility filed to parliament

Naifaru constituency MP Ahmed Shiyam | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives — A my motion has been filed to the parliament of Maldives regarding the numerous number of Covid-19 deaths that are being recorded from the Hulhumalé Medical Facility (HMF) over the past days.

PPM candidate of the Naifaru Constituency, Ahmed Shiyam presented this issue to the parliament during today’s meeting.

Noting that the country has recorded over 50 Covid-19 deaths within the past 22 days, MP Shiyam stated that unlike before, youngsters are also recorded to have died from the virus.

The issue presented by MP Shiyam highlighted that statistics reveal that majority of the people dying from this virus are those who were recieving care at HMF. While 41 deaths have been recorded so far in May, 27 of these individuals were passed away at HMF.

MP Shiyam stated that he appreciates the hard work that the doctors, nurses and the frontline workers are doing despite the lack of materials during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, he called on to check whether there is an issue in providing care for the patients or any difficulties faced by the healthcare workers at HMF.

Within a 24 hour time period, 13 people passed away due to Covid-19 recording the highest number of fatalities in one day in recently history of the Maldives.

10 of the 13 people passed away in the Hulhumalé facility while one person died in Addu City Covid-19 facility, Lh. Hinnavaru Health Center and at IGMH, Malé. 12 were Maldivians while one person was a Japanese citizen.

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

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.