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India, Maldives inked agreement for establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services Unit’ in Male

India,-Maldives-sign-agreement.newOn July 20, 2020, the Government of India (GoI) has signed an agreement with Ministry of Health of Maldives for the establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services Unit’ at Baa Atoll Dharavandhoo Hospital in Male.The project would cost MVR (Maldivian rufiyaa) 8.5 million (Approximately Rs 4,14,58,782) out of which MVR 7.5 million (Approximately Rs 3,64,03,786) is grant from India. It will be constructed by LF Construction Pvt Ltd of Maldives.

  • The agreement signing ceremony was held at Maldives’ Ministry of Health which was attended by Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudir, and other officials from the Government, and the High Commission of India in Male.
  • The above mentioned funds has been provided from the assistance of USD 6.9 million (Approximately Rs 51,53,61,000) granted to the Maldives by the GoI during the visit of Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Union Minister of External Affairs (MEA) in March 2019 for socio-economic development projects. 

Key Points:

-The establishment of Emergency Medical Services unit in Maldives is one of the several small and medium projects that are being financed by India under the overarching grant assistance of around US$20 million.

-The emergency medical service unit will enhance timely access to quality emergency care and also increase the collaboration between healthcare facilities and disaster response agencies during critical times of need.

About Maldives:
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Capital – Male

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