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Toddler hospitalized with extensive burn injuries in G. Dh. Atoll

A three-year-old boy from G. Dh. Gadhdhoo has been hospitalized with extensive burn injuries at the Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital in G. Dh. Thinadhoo.

The family reports the toddler sustained the burns this Saturday morning from spilling hot tea on him.

Aishath Sheeza, who is in charge of running the Gadhdhoo Health Center reports the toddler was brought in to the centre at 8:30 am. She said the centre did not have the medicine to treat the boy and was transferred to the Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital in Thinadhoo.

A family member who spoke to ‘Sun’ said the toddler had to remain at the Gadhdhoo Health Center for over two hours without any treatment due to lack of medicine on the island.

He was transported to Thinadhoo at approximately 11 am.

“And there was no one at the counter. The staff at the counter went to have breakfast. I think the person in charge [of the health centre] is on leave. The child had to wait about two hours without any treatment and was transported to Thinadhoo once Aashandha insurance services were approved,” said the family member.

“The problem is, there is no treatment available from the health centre for such an injury.”

The current condition of the toddler is unclear at this point, but Gadhdhoo council member, Abdulla Ameer, reported from Thinadhoo that the toddler is receiving treatment from Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital.

He confirms the burn injuries are extensive.

In-charge of Gadhdhoo Health Center, Sheeza said neither the centre nor the STO pharmacy on the island had any medicine to treat burn injuries. But said the centre provided basic medical treatment to the toddler.

Sheeza said the last shipment of medicine the centre received was in February. She said the medicine had since run out, and expressed concern over the low quantity of medicine the centre receives.

She said the centre’s low stock of medicine has been brought to the attention of relevant State authorities, as well as to the attention of Vice President Faisal Naseem during his recent visit to the island.

She said the issue is yet to be resolved.

Sheeza noted that the boat, Ravaana, which recently capsized, had a shipment of medicine to the health centre. She said the loss of the medicine and the shortage of medicine at the health centre was deeply concerning.

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