China Agrees to Assist Maldives in Advancing Ophthalmic Services

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China has signed an agreement with the Maldives to help widen the ophthalmic services in the country. The agreement was signed by Minister of Health, Abdulla Amin on behalf of the Maldives whilst Chinese Resident Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lhizong signed on the side of China.

Under this agreement, a special ophthalmic facility is to be developed at the Hulhumale’ Hospital in which new services will be introduced to expand ophthalmic care. Moreover, according to Ministry of Health, the ophthalmic services ranging from the most common eye care procedures to specialized surgeries at Hulhumale’ Hospital will be enhanced and improved.

The Chinese government will provide Hulhumale’ Hospital with ophthalmic equipment and Chinese ophthalmologists would be employed at the hospital, whilst local doctors and nurses would receive special training.

In the past, Maldives received ophthalmic instruments worth MVR 9.2 million from China and in 2015 and 2017 with the aid of the Chinese government special eye care camps were conducted.