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COVID-19: Patient moved out of DH-11 after symptoms improve

Mariyam Malsa
03 May 2020, MVT 12:58
Entrance to the controversial 25-storey Dharumavantha Hospital. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
03 May 2020, MVT 12:58

Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), on Saturday, confirmed that a patient being treated for COVID-19 in the DH-11 facility was transferred to DH-17 after showing a significant improvement in symptoms.

Speaking at a press briefing, senior physician at IGMH Mohamed Ismail revealed that the patient in question was currently only undergoing treatment for liver issues and that he had tested negative for COVID-19 once.

After the aforementioned patient was transferred, five individuals remain in DH-11, the special treatment facility for COVID-19 patients in critical condition. The patients are aged 49, 58, 70, 80 and 88.

The IGMH doctor disclosed that the condition of the 80-year-old patient, hospitalized 12 days prior with several other medical conditions, was worsening and that the individual contracted bacterial pneumonia after being admitted into the hospital.

Stating that the condition of the 88-year-old patient was not stable, the doctor advised that further deterioration of health was likely. The 49-year old patient was also noted to be experiencing breathing difficuties.

However, Dr Ismail was positive about the status of the 70-year-old, noting that the patient has a high chance of recovery despite displaying symptoms such as fever and nausea.

Similarly, the 58-year-old woman was revealed to be in a stable condition and is scheduled to be transferred out of DH-11 after further observation.

Following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15, Malé has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The city is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Maldives now records 519 confirmed, 500 active cases of COVID-19 and a total of 18 recoveries. The country recorded its first virus death, an 83-year-old local female, on April 29.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 3.4 million people and claimed over 244,700 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than a million people have recovered.

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