A motion has been brought to the Parliament citing negligence on the part of relevant authorities in the death of a 10-year-old.
The motion was submitted by South-Machchangolhi MP Ahmed Haitham who has called for prompt investigations into the delays in emergency healthcare services. MP Haitham further remarked that authorities must assess if they can provide healthcare to the entire Malé City population, as well as whether they have the necessary materials and equipment.
Furthermore, Haitham emphasized that the authorities who should be held accountable for this situation must be questioned. He also requested that the relevant authorities appear before the relevant committee for questioning.
MP Haitham claimed that this is not the first time life has been lost as a result of healthcare delays, and that there has been an increase in public concerns and complaints about emergency healthcare service delays even before the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
Following the incident, the health ministry has made 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.