The government’s COVID-19 expenditures on health and social sectors have risen by 2.5 percent, according to the Ministry of Finance.
According to weekly reports on COVID-19 spending, the government spent MVR 1,681.9 million on health and social activities related to the pandemic by 13th May.
When compared to its peer hospitals, IGMH had the highest weekly costs, at MVR 41.3 million, with the majority going to medical supplies.
The Health Ministry spent a total of MVR 496.4 million, of which MVR 274 million was spent on travel, MVR 33.9 million on employee allowances, and MVR 80.5 million on required equipment for protection against COVID-19
According to the Finance Ministry, MVR 67.6 million was spent on the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), of which MVR 48.5 million was allocated as allowance. In addition, MVR 31.1 million was spent on the Maldives Police Service, of which MVR 27.4 million was provided as officer allowance.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has spent the most money so far, totaling MVR 867.9 million.
According to the report, the government’s expenditure on economic response remained constant during the time, at MVR 1.7 million.