Allied Insurance Company on Thursday launched its 'Expatriate Insurance' services, which provide health insurance for foreign workers residing in Maldives, on the company's online portal.
According to Allied, the services were added to the online portal to provide an opportunity for customers to apply for the services from the comfort of their home amidst the COVID-19 crisis, instead of queueing at Allied's service counters.
Customers who wish to apply for Expatriate Insurance, or renew their package, can access the services at https://myallied.mv
It is mandatory for every migrant worker to have Expatriate Insurance, which covers the cost for treatment while under hospitalisation.
If an expatriate passes away in Maldives, the scheme also covers funeral costs or arranges air-shipping of the body to the family of the deceased.
Therefore, Allied assures that the insurance policy will be beneficial for both the migrant workers and the companies employing them.
Expatriates are required to pay an annual insurance fee of MVR 550 for this service.
The virus outbreak in capital Male' severely affected its migrant worker population, the majority of whom are Bangladeshi nationals living in highly congested quarters where it is impossible to reduce contact or exercise social distancing. Their often small-spaced living conditions have been described by local and international civil society organizations as, "claustrophobic", "unsanitary" and "overcrowded".
As per current statistics, migrant workers consist of approximately 65 percent of the positive cases identified in the country.
Maldives presently records a total of 2,120 confirmed cases, out of which 433 are active cases of COVID-19. The country records 1,677 recoveries and eight deaths, of which four were expatriate workers.
WHO has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 8.2 million people and claimed over 446,100 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 4.3 million people