Maldives and China to facilitate research for new hospital

The Maldives and China have signed a letter of exchange to conduct a feasibility study and research for developing a 100-bed hospital in Villimale'.

The agreement was officially signed by the Minister of Construction and Infrastructure, Dr. Abdulla Muththalib and the Ambassador of China to the Maldives, Wang Lixin. Moreover, the development of the hospital is a project provided as free aid from the Chinese administration during President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu's official visit to China.

Speaking to PSM News, Minister Muththalib underscored that the agreement would facilitate research on the project's timeline, design, and necessary resources, with practical work expected to start early next year and completion anticipated within two years.

During an interview with PSM News, Minister of Health, Dr. Abdulla Khaleel highlighted that the hospital would introduce new facilities, revitalizing the health sector significantly. The hospital will include a special center for long-term medical care and elderly patients, providing necessary treatment until full recovery. Special care will also be given to injuries from diving activities and other specialized treatments.

Additionally, the decision to establish a hospital in Villimale' was influenced by the substantial population increase and the need to provide convenient healthcare services to residents and neighboring islands. Currently, the Villimale' hospital has only five beds and three consultation rooms, often requiring individuals to seek treatment in Male' City. Villimale' has a population of approximately 15,000 people.