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MVR 5.9 million to revamp Farukolhufushi isolation facility

Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 April 2020, MVT 16:13
The isolation facility at Farukolhufushi. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 April 2020, MVT 16:13

Authorities disclosed that total MVR 5.9 million was expended for the repairs and development of the isolation facility in Farukolhufushi.

Speaking at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) press conference held late Saturday, Communications Undersecretary at the President's Office Mabrouq Abdul Azeez disclosed that the Farukolhu facility was revamped by a team from Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) in two phases across four days.

Following the completion of the work, the number of beds in Farukolhufushi has been increased from 30 to 50 in four wards, in addition to two beds for the Intensive Care Unit and life support systems.

Farukolhufushi was the first location used to isolate people with suspected coronavirus-like symptoms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was closed down for repairs over lacking resources and some poor conditions.

The revamped facility will be utilised to treat high-risk COVID-19 patients.

Presently, Maldives has 19 confirmed and six active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 13 recoveries. While there are two confirmed cases of Maldivians, no local-to-local transmissions have been recorded.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 1,203,900 people and claimed over 64,700 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 247,300 people have recovered.

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