G.L. Peiris made the comments during the official state visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during which agreements have been signed regarding health, investment, and rescue services.
On Sunday night, a 31-year-old woman from Faafu Atoll Nilandhoo died en route to Malé on a sea ambulance, while a pregnant woman gave birth waiting for the same ambulance. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has called on island councils to refrain from spreading false information on health services.
Protesters called for Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela’s resignation outside the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, claiming services have deteriorated to “conditions never seen before in recent history.”
The Ministry of Health is investigation reports that a doctor at Fuvahmulah Hospital refused to perform cesarean surgery, with local media reporting the gynecologist to have cited a lack of support staff.
Social pressures are continuing to prevent young Maldivians accessing the limited sexual health services in the country, said the women’s rights NGO following the discovery the abandoned body of a new-born baby in Malé yesterday.
The US$7 million development of the state-run hospital, which includes an new 11-storey prenatal care and paediatrics wing, has been welcomed by the hospital’s users who have criticised the current facilities.
The Thalassemia Society said individuals with the disorder living in the islands do not have access to proper treatment, while medical care facilities in Malé are run down and dilapidated. Meanwhile, the family of a thalassemia patient has said their daughter was given a blood transfusion infected with bacteria.
The Ministry of Health has formulated new guidelines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child with health officials warning of an HIV “time bomb” that could “explode at any time.”
The RBCF road race will see participants compete in a 12.6km race across Malé, Hulhumalé and Vilingili on May 31. Participants will need to catch ferries between islands.