The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) has recommended that the Maldives Police Service initiate a criminal investigation into the death of Fathmath Mishka Mohamed.
Mishka who was under home quarantine with her family in Male’ City after contracting COVID-19, suddenly started deteriorating. The family called for an ambulance at 09:00 pm on May 31 to attend to her deteriorating health but had to wait for more than two hours for the ambulance, during which she became unresponsive with bleeding. The ambulance arrived at approximately 11:40 pm, and she was declared dead at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)’s ER at 12:10 am on Wednesday, after resuscitation attempts had failed.
HRCM member Moomina Waheed said the commission inquired with the police about whether a criminal investigation into Mishka’s death was being conducted. The police, according to Moomina, replied that no such investigations were ongoing, and the HRCM requested that the police investigate the case on June 14.
She stated that, while the Health Ministry performed an investigation into Mishka’s death, the HRCM has yet to get a copy of the report after making a request to the ministry. She also stated that the health minister had agreed to transmit a copy of the report to HRCM during a parliamentary committee meeting.
Moomina further noted that the commission received a review report prepared by Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), on June 13. However, the report missed some information sought by HRCM, so a request was made to IGMH to send the information as quickly as feasible. She also reported that HRCM communicated with the Gender Ministry about offering psychosocial support to Mishka’s family.
Moomina highlighted that the HRCM’s inquiry into Mishka’s case will be completed only if the appropriate information is submitted by the authorities, and the commission’s findings will be made public.