The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has launched an investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl.
The Commission has also condemned the occurrence in which life was lost owing to the tardy reaction of medical help.
According to the deceased’s family, the 10-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago, and her symptoms increased in the last two days. The girl was declared dead after being rushed to the IGMH emergency room due to shortness of breath, marking the youngest COVID-related death in the country.
The 10-year-old’s family claims that authorities were reluctant to respond to calls for medical aid and an ambulance as the child’s condition deteriorated.
According to the Ministry of Health, the case review was initiated on June 2 due to a delay in dispatching an ambulance in response to an emergency call received on May 31.
Following the incident, the health ministry has made rapid changes to the process that triggers ambulance deployment.
The COVID-19 situation has deteriorated rapidly across the country in recent months, with death rates increasing significantly.