Human Right Commission probes into death of 10yr old

Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) | Photo: PSM

Malé, Maldives – Human Rights Commission of Maldives has said that they condemn negligent death and initiates probe into the death of 10 year old girl.

According to the family of the deceased, the 10 year old girl child had tested positive for the virus a few days back and the symptoms worsened in the past two days. The girl had passed away after being taken to IGMH emergency room following breathlessness.

According to sources, she suffered a heart attack and was unconscious when she was taken to the ER after the ambulance reached the girls home after more than 2 hours 25 minutes since they had called.

Maldives Ministry of Health informs that the case review was triggered on 2 June 2021 regarding a delay in deploying an ambulance in response to an emergency call received on 31 May.

In light of this incident, immediate changes have been implemented by the Ministry to the mechanism that triggers ambulance deployment.

The Covid-19 situation has deteriorated rapidly in the Maldives in the past month with the virus spreading to all parts of the country and death rates increasing exponentially.

Doctors are warning that Maldives that Covid-19 is out of control in the country, and 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.