Issue 18: September 2011
On 16 July 2011, Dietetic Services were initiated in the Hospital. Most of the hospitals around the world have this service in order to ensure that patients are provided with proper dietary information and proper diets during their stay in the hospital. Being a new service that most Maldivians are not used to, this service is initially being looked at in a subtle manner. But the Hospital aims to strengthen this service so that the patients can get the maximum benefit. Both inpatient and out-patient services are available.
In addition to this, the Hospital is gearing to introduce two new services in September. Two new medical specialties, namely nephrology and psychiatry will be introduced to and hence take the number of available medical specialties in the Hospital to 12.
Nephrology is a much-needed service in the country and the currently available services elsewhere are hardly meeting those needs. The introduction of this specialty at ADK will make it more accessible and available to the patients. Although the initial introduction will be OPD and some inpatient services, renal dialysis will also be introduced with further plans of expansion.
Similarly, the availability of psychiatry services is also limited. ADK’s introduction of this service will again bring a lot of benefits to the patients who require these services. In fact, this is one service quite a number of inquiries are made by the public. OPD services including some diagnostic services such as EEG will also be available with the initiation of this service.