Customs reveals drug trafficking routes
The Maldives Customs Service on Sunday published a map showing the origin and routes of drugs seized between 2013 and 2018. The illicit narcotics were smuggled via sea and air, including the postal service from 21 countries in four continents, according to customs.
“Where there is access to trade, so are potential for drugs squeezing through. We shall remain watchful and steadfast,” customs tweeted.
In 2018, customs seized 32kg of drugs in 83 cases. Heroin and hashish oil (a liquid extract of cannabis) are the most commonly used drugs in the Maldives, but LSD, ecstasy and other synthetic drugs have been found in recent years.
Lego piece removed from child’s lungs
Doctors at the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital successfully removed a piece of lego from the lungs of a six-year-old child.
އައީ.ޖީ.އެމް.އެޗް ގެ ފުއްޕާމެއާއި ނޭވާލާ ނިޒާމް އާއި ބެހޭ ހާއްސަ ޑޮކްޓަރުން 6 އަހަރުގެ ތުއްތު ކުއްޖެއްގެ ފުއްޕާމެއިން ލެގޯ ކޮޅެއް ކާމިޔާބު ކަމާއި އެކީ ނަގައިފި. ކުއްޖާގެ ހާލު ރަނގަޅުވަމުންދަނީ. pic.twitter.com/dteXW6Jj5Y
— IGMH (@igmhmv) October 20, 2019
Expat stabbed in attempted mugging
An expatriate man was injured in a failed mugging attempt in the Maafanu ward of the capital Malé around noon on Sunday.
The foreign national sustained shallow cuts on his back and the little finger on his right hand, police said. Witnesses told local media that four people on two motorbikes tried to rob the man at knifepoint and fled the scene after leaving their vehicles.
Health services connected through one network
Government-run hospitals, health centres, clinics and pharmacies have been connected through a standardised national health network.
The use of the Vinavi software on all local islands was launched on Sunday morning at a ceremony at the Laamu Gan regional hospital by Health Minister Abdulla Ameen. In his remarks, Ameen said information gathered through the portal would also assist with policy making.
The ‘Vinavi’ portal designed by the government’s Aasandha Company brings together all health care service providers within the universal health insurance scheme onto one platform. According to Aasandha, the portal enables “less paperwork, greater efficiency and improved quality of service” and allows for “the reliable capture, storage and management of information related to the healthcare of scheme beneficiaries.”
According to state media, Aasandha assistant managing director Ibrahim Rasheed said work is ongoing to digitalise health services to store all information from making a memo to the discharge of a patient. The company is working on storing x-ray and MRI reports through the Vivani application, he added.
Galufalhu picnic island project scrapped
The government has scrapped a project to develop a picnic island for residents of the congested capital by reclaiming a lagoon.
The state-owned Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation planned to reclaim seven hectares from the Galufalhu lagoon near Malé during the previous administration. In March 2017, MITDC sought expressions of interest and offered as an incentive a 50-year lease to develop a tourist resort on a portion of the reclaimed island.
But Galufalhu has now been taken back from MITDC, Tourism Minister Ali Waheed told the press on Saturday night.
Last month, seven companies were contracted to develop a picnic island for Malé residents on the Emboodhoo lagoon near the capital which was reclaimed for the Crossroads integrated resort project. The seven companies, which are developing resorts on the nine artificial islands, are developing the picnic island as a corporate social responsibility project.
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CEO Hassan Shah has officially inaugurated Sh. Feevah harbor upgrade project on 19th October 2019 at a special ceremony held in Sh. Feevah. pic.twitter.com/WkuBw0KRu6
— MTCC Plc (@MTCCPlc) October 20, 2019
Inauguration ceremony of "An Update on Transfusion Medicine" organised by Department of Laboratory Medicine IGMH in collaboration with Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine, National Healthcare Academy and STO.#NationalHealthCareAcademy #AATM #StoMedical #IGMH pic.twitter.com/HEZ7585IsA
— IGMH (@igmhmv) October 20, 2019
Happy to inform everyone that the children’s park in Malè Community Centre (Social Centre) has been reinstalled. pic.twitter.com/KCjTPxnaza
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 20, 2019
Coming to the National Art Gallery: A photography exhibition by Mohamed Azmeel @azzu, depicting the plight of our delicate coral reefs, in collaboration with @MoACHmv @NCA_MDV pic.twitter.com/KGkSOsQL3j
— Yumna Maumoon (@yumna_maumoon) October 20, 2019
Did you know disposable sanitary pads take more than 500 years to decompose? By using Menstrual cups for period management, you can help reduce waste.
#Goal13 #Goal12 #Goal5 #ClimateActionNow #ClimateEmergency #UNDay2019 #GlobalGoals #SDGs pic.twitter.com/nt45pMKMsx
— UN in the Maldives (@UNMaldives) October 20, 2019
Heard about National NCD Campaign – “25 by 25”?
— HPA Maldives (@HPA_MV) October 20, 2019
📸: A little girl helping her policeman Daddy fix a vehicle today at the Police Vehicle Garage. This little sweetie brought smiles to everyone at the workplace! ❤️😊#WorkplaceFlexibility #EMED #MPS #FatherDaughterRelationships pic.twitter.com/UhXF9T9QZO
— Maldives Police (@PoliceMv) October 20, 2019
Minister Dr. Aishath Ali meets the Principals attending the Pearson International School leaders Conference to be held in Windsor, Berkshire from 22nd to 23rd October 2019. @aisthly pic.twitter.com/f0b6ypO4PX
— Ministry of Education (@MoEdumv) October 20, 2019
Update on the progress of the artificial turf projects under China Aid. 11 islands have completed, 3 islands to be completed soon. The foundation work on another 3 islands is undergoing. Grounds on the last 4 islands are yet to be cleared. look nice. @AhmedMahloof pic.twitter.com/AbLHGLtW70
— Amb. Zhang Lizhong (@AmbassadorZhang) October 20, 2019