Govt hopes to complete development of tertiary hospitals by end of year

The government aims to develop five tertiary hospitals across Maldives before the end of the year, Maldives Health Minister has said.

The minister attended Wednesday’s Parliament session to answer inquiries raised by Thimarafushi MP Abdulla Riyaz and Mulaku MP Ibrahim Naseer. The questions were mostly on the availability of heath services in the atolls and COVID-19 treatment facilities.

Speaking at the Parliament, the minister said the government last year initiated projects to develop five tertiary hospitals in the atolls under efforts to decrease the pressure on capital Male’ in providing health services. While the projects have been ongoing at expedited speeds, over 90 percent of the resources and machineries required for the hospitals have been procured and delivered, said the minister.

While efforts were initiated last year to develop the infrastructural resources at five hospitals, the work was expected to be completed by mid-2020. However, the work was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Minister Ameen. The government is working to have the work completed before the end of the year, he added.

Five hospitals are being upgraded as tertiary hospitals across Maldives. They are HDh. Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, R. Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital, GDh. Thinadhoo Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital, L. Gan Regional Hospital and the tertiary hospital in Hithadhoo, Addu City.

In addition to upgrading the five hospitals, efforts are underway to increase the capacity of services provided in Male’ atoll. In this regard, work will be carried out at Maafushi Haspital, said the minister.