Male City Council has declined access to the helipad at Lonuziyaarai Kolhu to transport a patient in critical condition from Addu to Male via helicopter.
However, the person had died before he could be brought to Male.
Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Raheem of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) revealed that prior to making arrangements to transfer the patient by MNDF helicopter; they had submitted a request for access to the helipad from the MCC.
Abdul Raheem further said that MCC had denied their request to use the helipad.
“City Council said that the area had been given to some other party and to land the helicopter somewhere else in Male. But the patient had died before being transported to Male,” he said.
Raheem also said that though MCC with majority of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had denied access to the helipad, the decision had been made to bring the patient to Male as previously planned.
The helipad had always been used to transport patients from the islets to Male via helicopter before, as it had been deemed as the ideal location for that purpose.
During the ongoing MDP protest at Lonuziyaarai Kolhu since the 17th of last month large parts of the area has been blocked off and tents and camps have been put up.
The area has also been closed off for traffic where some people had made it their immediate residence opting to cook, eat and sleep at the venue.
Male City Mayor Ali “Maizaan” Manik said today that they had not considered withholding the helipad to land the helicopter, however he admitted to stating that the area had already been issued for MDP’s use.
Manik further stated that they had asked MNDF to pick another venue like the Republic Square or Hulhule for the landing.
MCC had earlier issued the area for MDP till the end of this month.