Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) has revealed it will start kidney transplant surgeries by the end of the year.
According to officials of the state-run hospital, it aspires become the best hospital in the region in providing treatments for kidney diseases.
The kidney transplant surgeries are to take place in the newly developing Dharumavantha Hospital, also in the capital Male.
The official also said that the hospital would start using the first six floors of Dharumavantha Hospital on July 26.
IGMH’s deputy CEO Mohamed Rishwan last week told Mihaaru that all the surgical instruments needed to carry out the procedure are now ready. He added that before starting the procedures officially, there are some amendments to be brought to certain health-related regulations in the Maldives.
In November 2016, a special center dedicated kidney diseases was opened at IGMH, led by super-specialist Dr. Ibrahim Shiham.
A lot of Maldivians seek treatment for kidney related problems. Patients who need transplant surgeries are forced to go abroad as local hospitals do not facilitate such treatments. Currently, IGMH provides almost all treatments apart from the transplant surgery.
According to statistics by Aasandha, most of its funds go to treat kidney related health problems.