In march, the government had requested medical professionals overseas and students to return home in helping the medical emergency faced at home. Since then, local authorities have worked with foreign government to reparate medical students and professionals overseas by spending Four Million Maldivian Rufiyaa to bring them back home.
Speaking at a press conference, Mabrook Azeez have stated 168 medical students have been repatriates with 99 from Nepal, 63 students in Philippines and 6 from Pakistan. Mabrook also noted 78 have already completed quarantine and working in the field.
Currently, Maldives have 2,000 doctors with 905 qualified workers for COVID-19 for emergency response. While the number of nurses stands at 2,970. The goverment had also brought health professionals from Bangladesh, India and the US to provide training to local medicial professionals.
According to government 223 Million have been allocated towards COVID-19 emergency response efforts. But later minister of finance estimates the goverment may have to spend MVR 1.6 billion on efforts to contain the virus.