An agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health and Sunshell Maldives Pvt Ltd yesterday for the renovation of the Hithadhoo regional hospital in a project worth MVR1.2 million (US$77,821), reports local media.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the health ministry, acting health minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim said efforts were underway to upgrade the regional hospital to tertiary level.
The 92-day renovation project involves the addition of children and women’s wings as well as more consultation and private rooms at the regional hospital in the southernmost atoll.
A second agreement was also signed at yesterday’s ceremony with Click Computers to provide 53 computers to health service providers across the country.
Nazim was appointed to the post last month following the Majlis’ rejection of Dr Mariyam Shakeela for the position. Majority leader Ahmed Nihan has this week praised Nazim for his “tremendous” efforts since taking the job.
The comments came in response to Shakeela’s accusations this week that she was ousted from her role in order to allow others to benefit from corruption regarding development projects in the health sector.
President Abdulla Yameen has formed a governing board to oversee the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, the Vilimalé hospital, and the Hulhumalé hospital.
Acting Health Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim told the press on Thursday (September 4) that the board would be comprised of Brigadier General (Retired) Farhath Shaheer, Assistant Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Abdul Sattar Yoosuf, Dr Abdul Azeez, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development Yoosuf Riza, and Aishath Saadh from the Department of National Planning.
Farhath Shaheer was also appointed CEO of IGMH while former Police Integrity Commission Chair Dr Abdulla Waheed was appointed director general of medical service at IGMH, and Maimoona Saeed was appointed director general of the nursing service.
Former CEO Dr Mohamed Habeeb was appointed state minister at the Ministry of Health.
Following the controversial transfer of presidential power in February 2012, the new administration announced it would abolish seven health corporations formed by former President Mohamed Nasheed to be brought under one central umbrella corporation.