Ooredoo Maldives has donated three sea ambulances to the Maldivian government.
At a ceremony held near the Izzuddeen Jetty, two of the three sea ambulances were showcased. The ambulances were accepted on behalf of the government by the Health Ministry.
The third sea ambulance is yet to arrive in the country. Ooredoo said that the third one will also be donated in the near future.
Ooredoo Maldives said that the donated sea ambulances are of the most modern design with a capacity of 12 people and a bed for the patient. They are also equipped with the latest navigation equipment and the space for two oxygen cylinders.
Speaking at the ceremony today, the CEO and Executive Director of Ooredoo Maldives, Najib Khan, said that Ooredoo Maldives have started on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. And so the ambulances donated today as part of the effort to achieve the third goal in the development of improving health services.
The Ooredoo CEO said that they have also decided to start program by the name Ooredoo Mobile Health Clinics as well where the clinics will travel to the islands and provide free treatment.
Health Minister, Nazim Ibrahim, also took part in the ceremony, saying that the donation made by Ooredoo is going to strengthen the sea ambulance fleet in the country. Minister Nazim said that sea ambulances are an important resource of the Maldivian health care.
He said that it was President Yameen who first realized that the best healthcare cannot be provided to the public without sea ambulances and with the donation today, the sea ambulance program inaugurated by the President in 2015 would now have 29 ambulances.
At the ceremony today, Ooredoo Maldives announced that they intend to donate an air ambulance to the Maldivian government.
Ooreddo Maldives presented a special plaque to the Health Minister at the ceremony.