WHO commends Maldives on its preventive measures against COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Maldives for its efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two expatriate workers employed at Kuredu Island Resort tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, and two more foreign nationals staying at Sandies Bathala Resort were confirmed to have the virus on Monday.

In a statement released on Monday, WHO said they have been working closely with the Health Ministry to prepare for a scenario where the virus reaches Maldives, and said they are monitoring the current situation to assess risks, immediate and intermediate needs for screening, contract tracing, testing of suspected cases and treating those who are affected.

'I take this opportunity to commend and applaud the numerous concerted efforts taken by the Ministry of Health, Government and non-government counterparts, partnering agencies and associations. It is important that we ensure the activities planned and preparedness measures that have already been put in place are implemented immediately following confirmation of cases," said Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative in the statement.

The statement further said WHO has provided 10 COVID-19 testing kits to the Maldives, enabling in-country sample testing for 1000 samples, in addition to 250 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Kits to further strengthen the health system preparedness and response to COVID-19.

WHO also reiterated advice to the public to remain calm and maintain personal hygeine measures.