Addu City, Maldives – A mental health unit has been finalised to be established in Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH), with the assistance of the Indian government.
This unit is part of the MVR 27 million worth free aid project to be carried out in 7 islands of the Maldives, by India. Under this project, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Noonu Atoll, Kaafu Atoll, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, Thaa Atoll, Gaafu Alifu Atoll as well as Addu will see work carried out in the health sector as well as youth empowerment and cultural activities.
As such, an audiology department in Kulhudhuffushi Hospital, site museums in N. Landhoo and Th. Dhiyamigili, as well as a multisports complex in N. Manadhoo are expected to be established as part of this project. Additionally, a prosthetics and orthotics facility is also expected to be established in Hulhumalé Hospital under the same project. The project will also fund youth centers in Adh. Dhiggaru and GA. Gemanafushi.
This is not the first time India is funding projects in the Maldives, or even Addu. In fact, the recently inaugurated National College of Policing and Law Enforcement in Hithadhoo, Rehabilitation Center ‘Vilunu’ in Hulhu-Meedhoo as well as the ongoing projects of neighbourhood fish plants and upcoming road development, land reclamation and eco tourism projects are all funded by India or carried out with the assistance of the country.