HRCM assesses renovated quarantine facilities

HRCM assesses renovated quarantine facilities

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), on Sunday, expressed approval concerning arrangements at the recently renovated quarantine facilities in Farukolhufushi and Hulhule Island Hotel (HIH) after conducting an assessment.

The two locations were the first to be utilised for isolating people with suspected coronavirus-like symptoms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They were closed down for repairs and renovation.

HRCM revealed that the team which visited both centres to conduct an assessment concluded that the locations were equipped to provide adequate care to virus infected patients.

The human rights watchdog also stated that both facilities were designed with consideration to projected scenarios on the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, HRCM noted that arrangements were in place to ensure the safety and mental well being of health care professionals stationed at the centres.

HRCM assured that efforts were underway to assess conditions at other quarantine facilities established across the country.

The MVR 5.9 million renovation project at Farukolhufushi increased the number of beds in the centre from 30 to 50 in four wards, as well as two beds for the Intensive Care Unit and life support systems.

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

Maldives now has 20 confirmed and six active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 14 recoveries.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 1.92 million people and claimed over 119,600 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 444,800 people have recovered.