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Police halt illegal medical practitioner in Foakaidhoo

05 February 2019, MVT 16:13
The Island of Foakaidhoo, Shaviyani Atoll. PHOTO: MIHAARU
05 February 2019, MVT 16:13

An Indian national who was practising orthopaedic medicine without authorisation in Foakaidhoo, Shaviyani Atoll, was stopped by Maldives Police Service on Tuesday.

Foakiadhoo Island Council revealed that the alleged doctor visited Foakaidhoo with another Indian two days ago. The doctor reportedly operates a clinic in Trivandrum, and islanders have received medical treatment from the doctor after travelling to Trivandrum.

The doctor reportedly visited Foakaidhoo as a friend of patients living in the island, according to a councillor. However, the doctor’s medical practices were stopped after islanders reported a case to the police, complaining that the medical practitioner did not have permission to practise in the Maldives.

Some islanders reported that the doctor was providing treatments to those similar in Chinese medicine for a fee.

The practitioner was stopped but did not face arrest by Maldives Police Service.

Local media Mihaaru reported that many islanders consulted the doctor during the short period of time.

The doctor is famously known as an orthopedician in Foakaidhoo.

“People say it’s a doctor. It’s hard to get a consultation in India. We don’t really know who this doctor is”, the Foakaidhoo Councillor explained.

Ministry of Health assesses medical certificates and skill sets before granting permission to be a practitioner in the Maldives. Authorisation is mandatory to provide any medical services in the country.

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