Two men injured in an Addu road accident Wednesday are to be transferred to Malé for treatment.
A police spokesman said two motorbikes crashed into each other on the main road of Feydhoo at around 1:18 am.
Witnesses told Mihaaru that both were driving at high speed and that one was driving on the the wrong side of the road.
Police said the two men, aged 26 and 35, were taken to Hithadhoo Regional Hospital after briefly being treated at Feydhoo’s Health Centre.
Mihaaru has identified the pair as Mohamed Afrah and Hussain Ali.
Mohamed Najeeeb, a community health officer in charge of Hithadhoo Hospital, told the Maldives Independent that the men are in critical condition and preparations are being made to transfer them to the capital.
“Both the men are being treated at ICU,” he said. “One of them is on a ventilator. Doctors have referred to transfer them to Malé. They will be transferred as soon as a flight is arranged from Maldivian (the national airline).”
Najeeb said that approximately three to four patients are transferred to Malé under emergency circumstances every month.
Addu City, the southernmost atoll in the Maldives, is the most populated city outside the capital with a population of just under 20,000 people.
Numerous fatal accidents have occurred on the causeway that connects the atolls’ islands. Victims are usually transferred to Malé for treatment as the city lacks adequate healthcare services.