President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday unveiled plans to establish a comprehensive national fertility care programme aimed at providing accessible treatment options for individuals seeking infertility treatments in the Maldives.

The President made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the Treetop Hospital Fertility Centre, where he was accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and Vice President Faisal Naseem. He praised the newly established fertility centre at Treetop Hospital as a groundbreaking service in the country.

At the event, President Solih shed light on the administration’s ongoing efforts to develop the fertility care programme. He said the relevant authorities are currently conducting a thorough study of best practices and procedures implemented in other countries.

Highlighting the significance of such services, President Solih emphasised the convenience and benefits of allowing individuals to receive treatment close to their families without the need for overseas travel or risking their employment. He assured the Treetop Hospital management of the government’s full support in enhancing and expanding this vital service.

The President further stated that the administration is actively engaged in identifying individuals who meet the criteria for participation in the programme. Extensive efforts are also underway to widely disseminate fertility health information to raise awareness, according to the President. He also highlighted the economic advantages of providing such services in the Maldives, as it enables significant cost savings for individuals who would otherwise have to seek treatment abroad and positively impacts the overall economy.