The bill was introduced, debated, reviewed by a committee, and passed on the same day. After the normal sitting in the morning, Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed scheduled a sitting at night to vote on the bill.
Schools in the capital reopened on Sunday after a health alert issued in response to a seasonal outbreak of the flu and viral fever was cancelled last week.
All schools in capital city Malé have been shut once again after parents refused to send their children to school amid widespread panic over a flu outbreak that has claimed six lives
According to the Health Protection Agency, 185 out of 501 suspected cases tested as of Friday have tested positive for the H1N1 subtype of influenza. Some 31 patients were hospitalised as of Friday and 12 patients were discharged in the two days prior.
The decision to resume the first term after a week-long mid-term break was based on “the spread of the flu during the past 10 days and the social situation”, the education ministry announced on Thursday.
A 46-year-old expatriate who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Sunday night was the third fatality from the H1N1 flu virus this year.
The housing ministry has completed replacing cracked floor tiles on the Islamic centre’s courtyard, less than ten months after the praying area of the capital’s largest mosque was extended with a marble floor.
According to the Health Protection Agency, the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has reached 105 out of 335 suspected cases tested as of Tuesday.
Both the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and the private ADK hospital have also started offering the influenza vaccine to pregnant women.
The new powerhouse for the capital’s industrial village will also be used as a backup plant “when electricity goes out from time to time in Malé,” Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz said.
HRCM Vice President Shifaq Mufeed told the press that the hunger strike was prompted by “tightened security measures” but an informed source alleged that electricity was cut off and some inmates were beaten.
The national health alert has been raised to level three based on the “rapid increase of cases” since February, the discovery of severe disease among high-risk patient groups, and the death of one flu patient.
With 27 cases so far this year, the incidence of swine flu is increasing in the Maldives but the situation does not warrant emergency measures such as issuing travel alerts or closing down schools, health officials said.
As the government marked the day with special activities at offices and the handing out of annual awards for women, the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party pledged financial support to 44 female candidates contesting in the upcoming local council elections.
A city-wide electricity outage in Malé for more than two hours on Sunday afternoon disrupted water and telecommunication services in the capital.
Ahmed Shuzad, the employee found to have been dismissed unfairly, is among four gender ministry staff presently on trial along with a policeman over negligence in the child’s murder.
“What I see is this government probing ladies more towards staying home and doing cookery. Why would anyone at any level of the government think that handicraft work only belongs to women?” asked Shifa Mohamed, president of the MDP’s women’s wing.