Govt. to procure speedboats for Covid-19 sample transfers

Minister of Finance for Maldives, Hon. Ibrahim Ameer and the World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Dr. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough. Photo: World Bank

Malé, Maldives – Finance Ministry today announced for a supplier to provide 13 speedboats for the Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project.

The speedboats are to be used by the Ministry of Health to transfer Covid-19 samples.

The bid process will follow the guidelines of the World Bank, the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) and IDA credit regulation.

The bid with a non-refudable registration fee of MVR 1,500 (USD 100) includes a bid security of USD 25,000. The bid security is 148 days from the day of bid opening.

The bid opens at 11:00 on 10 March 2022 at the Finance Ministry.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project was established to help the Maldives prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness.

In April 2020, the World Bank offered a new fast track package of $7.3 million to help Maldives provide optimum care to patients, procure personal protective equipment and medical supplies, support hospitals to maintain essential services, strengthen intensive care and cope with a potential surge in demand, strengthen the capacity of laboratories in the capital Male’ and the atolls to diagnose the coronavirus, and train medical staff to manage COVID-19 cases.