Covid-19: Situation in GDh. Thinadhoo worsens; no way to PCR test

GDh. Thinadhoo | Photo: Studio 33

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives – The Covid-19 situation in GDh. Thinadhoo has worsened along with the hospitals having no way to conduct PCR testing.

Manager of Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital in Thinadhoo, Ahmed Saeedh informed that the amount of daily positive cases on the island has increased to a great extent, while there is currently no way of conducting PCR tests. The only usable machine in the hospital is a Gene Expert machine that can only test people who are symptomatic for the virus.

This is why, we have to send the samples taken from Thinadhoo to Male’. Results of these samples are received within 72 hours.

Ahmed Saeedh, Manager of Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital

Saeedh delivered the concerns of the residents over the inability of the hospital to conduct PCR testing, and stated that the hospital is working on finding a solution for the issue within this week.

With the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the island, Saeedh stated that the Thinadhoo Council also requested for the assistance of MNDF, however, stated that they have received no help to this date.

While the population of Thinadhoo is at approximately 10,000, 726 people have tested positive for the virus in over a months time since the first case was confirmed in the island. While 451 people have completely recovered from the virus, there are currently 275 active cases remaining. Two people who were receiving care for the virus in the hospital passed away from the virus. There is only one person admitted at the hospital now.

A total of 6,181 people have administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine from Thinadhoo, while only 2,375 people have completed their vaccine doses.