Emergency medical centre to be established in Dharavandhoo

An emergency health centre is being established in inhabited airport island, Dharavandhoo of Baa atoll.

The Health Ministry said the project is being carried out by the government with the assistance from the Government of India. The MVR 8.4 million project was awarded to LF Construction Pvt Ltd to be completed over 200 days. The Indian government is contributing MVR 7,469,465.89 while the Maldivian government is funding the remaining MVR 980,830.05.

The project agreement was signed by Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen on behalf of the Maldives government. Managing Director of LF Construction, Abdul Latheef signed the agreement on behalf of the contractor.

According to the Health Ministry, a full fledged emergency centre, a training centre and office space will be established under the project. The Health Ministry has noted that several challenges are faced in providing emergency treatment in Dharavandhoo due to the lack of an emergency wing at the island’s health centre. While the atoll is largely popular among tourists, and the island has a domestic airport, the new building would enhance the services provided in emergency situations, said the ministry.