Man arrested on Fuvamulak with suspected illegal drugs

Police have arrested a man from Fuvamulak with suspected illegal drugs.

According to the police, he was arrested on 23 December 2013 while he was inside Fuvamulak Hospital. Officers found four packets containing suspected illegal drugs inside the pocket of his jeans.

Fuvamulak Police Station is further investaging the case.


Kulhudhufushi and Fuvamulah hospital staff protest over 10 hour work day

Staffs working at Kulhudhufushi Island Hospital in Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Fuvamulah Hospital in Gnaviyani Atoll have held protests over a change in their duty roster that would require them to work overtime.

Speaking to Minivan News, Kulhudhufushi Island Council President Ibrahim Rameez said the strike ended after an hour after staff came to an understanding with the Health Ministry.

‘’At about 11:00am the island council met with the hospital management and talked to them about the issue and we came to understand that the staff went on strike regarding a change in their duty hours,’’ Rameez said. ‘’Their working hours were extended to 10 hours which was eight hours before, and the staff said they would find it difficult to work 10 hours.’’

He said the staffs stopped the strike and went back to work after the Health Ministry promised to amend the change brought to the working hours.

Manager of Kulhudhufishi Hospital Mohamed Hassan said the staff stopped the strike when the Health Ministry changed the duty roster in accordance with staff wishes.

‘’They went on strike regarding a change that was supposed to be implemented on July 1 but was delayed due to Ramazan,’’ he said. ‘’The staff, especially the nurses working at the hospital, said they find it very difficult to work according to the new roster.’’

Fuvamulah Hospital Manager Mohamed Ismail said seven staff at Fuvamulak Hospital and a few Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activists protested outside the island council following the change in the duty roster.

‘’I wasn’t formally or informally notified about their concerns,’’ he said. ‘’I went to the area and saw the staff and MDP activists waiting outside the council secretariat.’’

Ishmail said the MDP activists had tried to portray the matter as a big protest for the sake of media attention, and accused local media of misleading the public.

‘’The issue had been already resolved when they went on strike. Everything is fine now,’’ he said.

Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry Geela Ali had not responded to Minivan News at time of press.


Man dies following Fuvamulah motorcycle accident

A 28 year-old man injured in collision between two motorbikes on Fuvamulah in Gnaviyani Atoll has died.

The police identified the man as Mohamed Shujau of Atha house.

According to police the accident occurred last night at around 8:25 pm on Mohamed Jamaluddeen Naibu Thuthu Road. Shujau received serious injuries to his head, nose and face.

Police said the other motorbike involved in the accident was driven by two minors, one of whom was admitted to Fuvamulak Hospital ICU and later brought Male’ for further treatment.


Four arrested in connection with Fuvamulak stabbings

Three men and a minor have been arrested in connection with a gang fight that occurred in Fuvamulah yesterday.

According to police, an 18 year-old, 21 year-old, and 23 year old man and a minor were arrested in connection with the stabbing.

Police said the incident occurred at around 7:40pm, withtwo men aged 21 and 22 years-old stabbed on the island of Fuvamulah in Gnaviyani Atoll.

Police said the 21 year-old man was stabbed in the neck and was brought Male’ after Fuvamulah Atoll Hospital declared his condition was critical.

The man was brought Male’ this morning and was admitted to Indira Gandi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)’s Intensive Care Unit.

The injured pair were identified the police as Ahmed Muslim, 21 and Ibrahim Shifaz, 22 both from the island of Fuvamulah.

Shifaz was stabbed three times. According to doctors police said blood was leaking inside Muslim’s body from the cut in his neck.

Police officers attended the scene and carried the pair to Fuvamulah Hospital.

Fuvamulak Police Station is now investigating the case, police said.