MP Jabir submits motion on increased decompression cases

Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir: MP Jabir submitted an emergency motion to the Parliament regarding the increase in decompression cases noticed in divers on November 19, 2019. (Photo/Parliament)

An emergency motion has been submitted to the Parliament regarding the increased number of decompression cases in the Maldives. The motion was presented by MP Jabir of Kaashidhoo.

MP Jabir opened his presentation by stating that Maldivian fishermen often faced difficulties in collecting bait. This led to local fishermen diving to deep depths in search of bait. Such divers often face decompression sickness and MP Jabir noted that medical care for such cases is not available in the atolls most associated with fishing.

MP Jabir’s motion comes on the heels of a dangerous decompression case reported in G.Dh Atoll. The case involved two divers who suffered decompression. The two divers were transported to the capital Male’ city for treatment by MNDF last night.

MNDF helicopter: MNDF stated that it will be transporting two divers who suffered decompression while diving in G.Dh Atoll to Male' city on November 19, 2019. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Afrah)

MP Jabir referred to this case in his motion and stated that one of the divers had suffered paralysis due to the unavailability of the required medical care from Thinadhoo’s Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital which is the biggest hospital in G.Dh Atoll.

MP Jabir stated that the government needed to take note of the case and called on the government to act on this serious issue. The motion was accepted for debate in the Parliament by the remaining MPs.

The decompression of a diver is the reduction in ambient pressure experienced during ascent from depth. Decompression can sometimes cause paralysis and can even be fatal.