IGMH suspends non-vital surgeries over H1N1 epidemic

State-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) from Monday has decided to suspend all non-vital surgeries requiring ICU admission, as a result of an influx of patients over the H1N1 epidemic.

IGMH in a statement said due to the swine flu epidemic, the hospital has been struggling to accommodate the influx in admissions.

Maldives authorities have been battling to keep the outbreak in check with around 350 people tested so far while 114 have tested positive for the virus.

The flu has already claimed the lives of two people, one 26 year old man in early March while a 51 year old woman had died late Wednesday.

Government along with private health care providers have set up multiple flu clinic throughout the capital and suburbs to provide round the clock service.

Public schools, universities and private colleges have suspended classes while the authorities have urged people in the Atolls against travelling to the capital.

The government along with a few private offices have granted indefinite leave for pregnant staff to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.