On Tuesday, the Maldives marked the 75th anniversary of the inception of government-run healthcare in the country. A designated function was held at Henveiru Stadium last night where healthcare professionals were honoured. Awards were conferred to eight healthcare professionals who served for more than 40 years in the sector.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih extended greetings and well wishes to all healthcare professionals present and past for the invaluable services rendered to the field over the past 75 years. Reflecting on the start of government-run healthcare in the Maldives, the President noted that the inception of ‘Doctaruge’ at Male’ in 1948 laid the foundations of a new era of economic development and lifestyle for the country.
The President also noted the instrumental role played by both public and private sectors in expanding healthcare to the atolls and bringing forward the modernized healthcare system seen today. Highlighting the efforts undertaken by the current administration to enhance healthcare, President Solih noted that the first mental health Centre and stroke Centre were founded in this administration.
Moreover, he noted that the development of five tertiary hospitals, six 50-bed-capacity hospitals and twelve 30-bed-capacity hospitals is well underway in different parts of the country. The President also stated that with upgrading works progressing smoothly at various healthcare centres across the Maldives, the administration strives to create numerous job opportunities in healthcare once these projects are completed.
Speaking further, President Solih stressed that the administration is prioritizing healthcare this year, with a significant portion of the budget earmarked for investments and improvements in the sector. On this note, he noted the introduction of the new pay framework for healthcare professionals starting from May 1st. Likewise, the President stated that capacity-building efforts are directed towards the sector through its free degree, student loan and scholarship programmes.
Before concluding his speech, the President firmly remarked that ensuring and promoting the health and well-being of the general public is indispensable to safeguarding socioeconomic development. The first-ever healthcare facility opened in the Maldives on January 11th, 1948.