A surgeon employed at Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital, in Naifaru, has fled to the United States.
The hospital’s Manager Jaufar Abdulla confirms the surgeon, a Cuban national who was employed at the establishment earlier in July 2022, had been absent to work since Sunday, last week. He said that the surgeon stopped coming into work without prior notice.
The case has been reported to Ministry of Health, said Jaufar who added that they were now discussing to transfer a surgeon from Haa Alif atoll.
Communications Director of Ministry of Health Aminath Shathufa also confirmed that the Cuban surgeon fled without any notice to the ministry and that he was now in the US.
Shathufa further noted employees leaving the place of work without due notice will be subjected to fines.
The case is the most recent among similar cases of absconding or fleeing foreign healthcare workers stationed across various medical establishments in the Maldives.