In the wake of a major row between Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital’s local directors and its operator, Noorul Islam International (NII) of India, the latter has informed the Maldives’ Ministry of Health that issues between the shareholders have been resolved with changes to its board of directors.
The management of Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital was given to NII, which also operates Indian hospital NIMS, and holds 80 percent shares of Noorul Islam Educational Trust. Under the agreement, NII was to develop Kulhudhuffushi hospital into a multi-specialty tertiary hospital of 150 beds within a year and four months. While they were given the hospital for 50 years, it was also contracted that services such as MRI, CT scanning, major surgeries, specialist consultancies, diagnostics, laboratory services and treatments for genetic disorders should be available from there.
However, the services from the hospital started to decline when a feud allegedly developed between two of the shareholders, Faizal Khan and Ali Usaid. Ultimately, the Maldivian health ministry took over the management of the hospital, giving 10 days to resolve the issues among the shareholders.
In a letter sent to health minister Abdulla Nazim, NII claimed that they had brought changes to the company’s board members in order to overcome the obstacles in running the hospital. Three new members were appointed to the board, according to the letter.
NII stated that the issues were resolved with the new changes to the company and that they were ready to take back the management of Kulhudhuffushi hospital. A board meeting also took place with the new appointees.
While the letter claimed that a board meeting was held as Usaid had been uncooperative, Usaid maintained that the problems have not been resolved. The 20 percent shareholder, who had been notably absent from the meeting, had said on Thursday that Khan had not been trying to solve the issues between them. He also said that holding a meeting in his absence would not help in solving their problems.
The health minister said that the services of the hospital had declined since NII took over. The ministry also brought in eight medical officers and 15 specialist doctors since then. Apart from doctors, the ministry had also procured chemicals and other equipment which the laboratory had needed.
The minister went on to say that if the problems continued, the next option would be to void the agreement. He also pointed out that NII leaving does not “close all doors” on developing Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital.
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