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Health

News in Brief

  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
Week in review: March 22 – 29 thumbnail

Week in review: March 22 – 29

The Progressive Coalition’s clear victory in the Majlis elections was interpreted as rejection of the opposition MDP’s ideology and foreign interference, while numerous observers decried the ‘money politics’ and Supreme Court decisions as having negatively affecting the electoral landscape.


New network launched to support the rights of disabled children thumbnail

New network launched to support the rights of disabled children

Child Advocacy Network of Disability Organisations – CAN DO – will aim to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Maldives Disability Act by improving access to information, raising awareness, conducting training, and enhancing early detection and intervention.


State to cover all expenses of HIV infected woman’s children: Health Minister thumbnail

State to cover all expenses of HIV infected woman’s children: Health Minister

Dr Mariyam Shakeela said that the state will cover all expenses of the woman infected with HIV due to the negligence of state hospital IGMH until the completion of their studies. Meanwhile, the WHO has commended the government’s commitment to universal healthcare.


Voice of Women fears further discrimination for IGMH scandal victims thumbnail

Voice of Women fears further discrimination for IGMH scandal victims

The local NGO fears “societal myths and misinformation” will lead to further suffering for woman at the center of the recent incident in Malé. Meanwhile, a mix-up with test results in neighboring Hulhumalé is reported to have resulted in a patient’s suicide attempt.


Resigning not the solution: Health Minister Dr Shakeela thumbnail

Resigning not the solution: Health Minister Dr Shakeela

“My resignation isn’t going to solve this. I could resign if that is the case. My resignation is not going to solve it. That’s why I am saying, what is the solution? The solution is all of cooperating and working together to improve the system,” Dr Mariyam Shakeela told MPs in relation to the IGMH HIV scandal.


IGMH transfuses HIV positive blood to patient thumbnail

IGMH transfuses HIV positive blood to patient

While senior hospital figures described the mistake as the “saddest incident in the eighteen year history of IGMH”, the opposition MDP has accused the government of delaying the news until its 100 day celebrations were concluded.


Orthopedic surgeries halted as IGMH fails to provide protective gowns thumbnail

Orthopedic surgeries halted as IGMH fails to provide protective gowns

“They [protective gowns] are usually taken by the doctors… Some staff have panicked after finding out they are pregnant. That risk is always there. And we are concerned about the patients as well. I have never seen any patient being offered a gown here,” said one nurse.


‘Doctor for each family’ programme launched for Villimalé residents thumbnail

‘Doctor for each family’ programme launched for Villimalé residents

The Ministry of Health and Gender has launched its programme to increase access to medical care, although the figures for the policy’s introduction in Villimalé appear to be considerably less than initially promised.


Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council thumbnail

Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council

Alifushi Council has said the emergency drinking water supplies sent to the island by the National Disaster Management Center to alleviate a seasonal water shortage contains bacteria and dust.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories