Maldives-India India begins largest ever medical camp in Maldives

The medical camp, held from Sunday till Tuesday at the state run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in capital Male is run by a urologist (urinary system specialist), nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a specialist of body defects.
India is the preferred destination for Maldivians who often travel abroad to receive medical treatment.
In a statement, the high commission said last week that India’s largest naval ship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, will arrive in Male on a goodwill visit to Maldives from February 15-18. INS Vikramaditya will be accompanied by two ships, INS Mysore and INS Deepak.
The visit by an unprecedented fleet of Indian military might to the Maldives follows intensified efforts by both the Maldives and India to improve relations.

Late last month India agreed to donate a utility aircraft and another helicopter to the Maldives.

India had donated two utility helicopters to the Maldives in 2010. Both the choppers are operated out of the domestic airport in the southern island of Kahdhoo in Laamu atoll.

India granted more than US$240,000 (MVR3.8 million) to the Maldives in December to establish facilities to operate and maintain the two helicopters.

Ties between the Maldives and India are on the mend after reaching its lowest point following the premature termination in 2013 of the agreement with Indian infrastructure giant GMR, which had been managing the country’s main international airport since 2011.

On November 1, 1965, India established diplomatic relations with the Maldives, becoming the first country to do so following the latter’s independence from Britain in July.

India, meanwhile, has publicly sided with the Maldives government over the continued imprisonment of the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed, an issue central to the Maldives’ relationship with its international partners.