The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) has stated that the Hulhumale Medical Facility (HMF), the country’s largest COVID-19 facility, is inadequately equipped to treat patients, causing them additional stress and issues.
The HRCM issued a press release today following their inspection of the facility on May 25th, stating that the facility established to treat COVID-19 patients does not provide adequate hospitalized care for them based on the number and condition of the patients, as well as the few nurses who provide care for them. It was also mentioned that the staff that provided additional services was limited.
With a significant number of patients arriving every day and a limited number of employees, the HRCM noted that the patients’ caregivers noticed that communication of vital information about the services offered at the COVID-19 facility was hampered.
The commission also stated that the diet of the patients, especially when supplemented with a dietitian, was inadequate for those in such conditions. Furthermore, according to the HRCM, food and other supplies sent by patients’ families had been delayed in reaching them.
According to the HRCM, the workers at the COVID-19 facility are suffering from substantial psychological stress, and no counseling has been provided. It was also claimed that the cleaning workers were made to perform 12-hour shifts without a break and that some employees were not even paid.
The HRCM further stated that the commission learned from the patients and caregivers that in addition to the current challenges, they had to deal with extra issues in the facility. It further stated that the issues mentioned by the commission will be thoroughly investigated.
Maldives is currently bracing one of the worst waves of COVID-19 infections with almost 270 patients receiving hospitalized care throughout the country.