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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has revealed that the government will be introducing an unlimited healthcare scheme – ‘Husnuvaa Aasandha’ – in the new year in addition to the provision of a GP for every family.