Vice President Faisal Naseem has said the government aims to offer quality health services, eliminating the need to travel abroad to seek medical services. He made the remark on Friday evening, addressing at a function held to mark the 10th anniversary of national health insurance provider Aasandha Company.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President said during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many had to depend on health services available in the atolls due to challenges in traveling to the capital and abroad for medical needs. While the situation at that time made clear the importance of decentralizing the healthcare system, the government is working on establishing tertiary hospitals in the atolls, he said.
Faisal urged concerted efforts by government offices and institutions to improve access to public services. Public services must be provided without discrimination, he said.
Speaking about the Aasandha Company, the Vice President highlighted that a large percentage of the population sought medical treatment under the universal health insurance scheme and spoke about the importance of preventative measures to avoid and reduce the risk of falling sick.
At the function, the Vice President also officially launched the mobile application of the Aasandha Company. He also presented long-service awards to staff of the company who have been serving there since its inception, while he was presented with a commemorative plaque as a token of appreciation.