Over 200 patients awaiting transfer to isolation facilities

The Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) has revealed that over individuals with COVID-19 still remain in their homes.

The Maldives government has been transferring COVID-19 patients to isolation facilities where they remain until they recover from the illness.

HEOC’s Spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq Sunday said 243 patients with COVID-19 have not yet been taken to isolation facilities for different reasons. This includes mothers who cannot leave their children behind at home and those parents awaiting their test result after their children test positive, said Dr. Nazla. Some who are waiting to be transferred to the same facilities where other members of their families are housed also remain in their homes, said the doctor. HEOC is working to transfer them to their respective facilities at the earliest, assured Nazla.

Quarantine facilities have been established in nine resorts across Maldives, including Bandos Island Resort, Eriyadhoo Island Resort, Fun Island, Royal Island, Medhufushi Island and Filitheyo island. Treatment facilities are also available in some other islands and health centres.

The Hulhumale’ Treatment Facility established in reclaimed suburb has the capacity to simultaneously treat 250 patients. A 16-bed wing is designated for patients that need critical care at Dharumavantha Hospital.

The Maldives has recorded over 4,700 cases of COVID-19. Over 140 patients are currently hospitalized and 19 deaths have been recorded to date.