COVID-19: HPA to stop giving release documents to positive people

A medical worker wearing full protective gear takes a swab sample from a man to be tested for the Covid-19 on a street in Male on June 5, 2020 | Photo: Ahmed Shurau

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated that they would not be giving release documents to the positive people who complete their isolation period.

HPA also added that the document that positive people get that states the isolation period will now contain the duration and the end of their isolation and that no additional document would be provided.

HPA stated that different positive cases have different periods for their isolation, but most cases will have to undergo isolation for 14 days. HPA also added that when the 14 days are up if the positive case is still symptomatic, having fever, headaches or breathing problems, then their isolation period will go up to 21 days.

If the positive case is being treated at a Covid-19 health facility, his isolation period would be more than 14 days according to the attending doctor’s opinion, HPA added.

This comes while the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 58,345 out of which 34,159 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 25, 2021. Maldives has recorded 146 Covid-19 related deaths since the first case was identified in the country.

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 289 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country. With 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 practicing hand hygiene.

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.