Under the governments' 100 days pledges Maldives Blood Services/MOH has committed to improving services and access to medicine for Thalassaemia patients throughout the country.
In the event held that Champa Central hotel, Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen mentioned that the improving health services to Thalassaemia patients throughout the country are one the key pledges under the President Ibrahim Solih’s 100 days pledges. Under the pledge, MOH is working to ensure treatment and services will be available without any shortages and necessary medicines/consumable to be available at the STO pharmacies across the country.
Currently due to Medical Officers in the regions and atoll change a lot which has at times resulted in interruption of continuous treatment for patients this issue needs to be addressed. Currently to address this issue MBS and regional and atoll health services division is working to ensure new Medical Officers posted in the atolls health facilities are aware of the treatment guideline and protocols.
In the event at Champa Central, MBS associate specialist in pediatrics Dr.Umar mentioned that for every incident that requires blood, blood should be readily available and more promotional work should be done to promote voluntary blood services.
There are currently 634 registered Thalassemia patients under MBS.