We’ll Travel for Medicine No More!


As far as the Maldivian history goes, we have been travelling abroad for much needed medical attention. Accommodating ourselves in a foreign land, we are forced to stay away from our loved ones while we seek remedies for life-threatening diseases. We have been living in this hardship for what seems like an eternity now – but, the tables are about to turn. A mega-project to construct the “Tree Top Hospital” in Hulhumale’ is expected to change the face of medicine in the Maldives and the entire Indian Ocean region.

With the investment of four local partners, the Tree Top Hospital will be managed by South East Asian medicine giants, the “Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare”. Ramsay Sime Darby is a joint venture, formed in Malaysia during the year 2013 to bring “revolutionary” changes to the medicine of the South East Asian region.

“Ramsay Healthcare”, originally founded in 1964, is among the five leading private hospital operators in the world. They currently operate over 212 hospitals in five different countries – treating over 3 million patients annually. 

The status of the Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare in the regional scene is definitely going to prove beneficial for us, given that the latter will maintain their quality and live up to their global reputation. This in turn brings quality medicine and services to the Maldives, ones which have already been experienced in countries like Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Tree Top Hospital, which is being constructed in Hulhumale’, is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with the hospital opening its doors to patients in March 2017. The hospital will provide services like chemotherapy and several surgeries for the first in the Maldives, ending the age-old tradition of traveling abroad for quality medical treatment.

The hospital would be retailing the very same medicine that is used by the Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare group in their hospitals across the globe, meaning that we could rest assured that our medicine are of the finest quality in the region. The hospital not only aims to provide its services to Maldivians. In fact, patients from neighboring countries are also expected to visit the Maldives to seek treatment from the hospital.

Undeniably, the local investment is set to bring an end to all the medical difficulties of the country that has been there for centuries. Perhaps it’s time for a new dawn in the medical arena, time to rejoice in happiness as our dreams become a reality.


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