The government has stated that an additional 60 ambulances would be placed into service in the Maldives by the end of this year.
President’s Office Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez noted that 20 additional ambulances required for the atolls arrived in the nation on October 6.
He stated that another 20 ambulances will come within the next month and another 20 ambulances will arrive before the end of the year, bringing the total number of new ambulances to 60 by the end of the year.
In June, the government inked a deal with State Trading Organisation (STO) to purchase 96 new ambulances for the atolls as part of measures to enhance emergency healthcare services in the country.
New ambulances, according to Health Minister Ahmed Naseem, would assist to enhance ambulance services in the atolls and alleviate several of the problems associated with delivering emergency medical care. He added that some islands do not currently have an operating ambulance, posing significant challenges in responding to emergency emergencies.
Furthermore, the Japanese government provided a USD 3 million grant aid to the Maldives, earlier this week, for the provision of a marine ambulance as part of the country’s efforts to enhance its healthcare capability. The grant aid was intended to supply marine ambulances outfitted with the appropriate medical systems and trained personnel for usage in the case of a major sickness or medical condition, as well as on emergency evacuations.