Additional Covid-19 facility to be established in Hulhumalé

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

Malé, Maldives – Health Minister Naseem has said that an additional Covid-19 facility is to be established in a different location in Hulhumalé in order to provide faster services and meet increasing number of Covid-19 patients.

Speaking at a press conference by Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) the Minister said that work is currently underway for the new facility. Minister Naseem also said that by Friday evening, the Covid-19 facility in FAM building will be open to treat patients.

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.

There is public outcry after the negligence death of a 10 year old girl, who passed away following an ambulance response time delay of 2 hours 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, Health Protection Agency (HPA) urges the public to get vaccinated and social distance to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.