Further Delays to Beginning Services at Addu Equatorial Hospital

Ministry of Health has revealed that services at Equatorial Hospital established at Addu Convention Centre did not kick off on Sunday as previously planned.

While the government earlier attempted to begin services at the hospital in November, the efforts were unsuccessful due to varous reasons. The health ministry last week announced that the services will commence on Sunday.

An official from the Health Ministry on Sunday said although services did not commence as planned, the ministry is making final arrangements necessary to kick-off the services. A date on which the hospital will begin its services will be announced at a later time said the official.

A convention centre was specially built in Hithadhoo, Addu City during the tenure of former President Mohamed Nasheed for the 17th SAARC Summit hosted by the Maldives in November 2011. Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom during his administration made the decision to convert the convention centre into a state-of-the-art 100-bed hospital. The project contracted to Alia Construction has been completed and handed over to the government.