Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital (LHAH) was initially established as a small health post on 12th of March 1964. This is proudly the first health institute that was opened for services within the islands except that of the capital. Inauguration of the institution was held by the health Minister at that time, Ahmed Hilmy Didi, a few Medical Officers of WHO, and a nurse of WHO. A remote and rather gloomy building that the island community used as a food store during the times of World II, served as the first building base for the health centre.
Though the the services and drugs available at that time in no way met the bare minimum demand, initiation of this health institute became a dream come true as well as a ray of hope to this small island community in a chaos. The island had numerous civilians suffering with fevers, skin conditions, diarrhea, vomiting, tuberculosis and leprosy. Death tolls of pregnant women or those that expire following or during child birth was almost in the same range as the number of successful deliveries.
This health centre started with very minimum staff but took into account overall all classes and categories of work that should be taken into account to improve the overall health of the community. The first health assistants / ofiicers that served in our health centre were Mr. Mohamed Zakariyya and Mr. Mohamed Ismail. Ms. Mariyam Hussain and Ms. Afeefa Mohamed served as their assistants.
Today, this health centre provides high quality services to the community of Naifaru, other islands if Lhaviyani atoll and and other surrounding atolls under the name ‘ Lhaviyani Atoll Hospital’ with exceptional developments and a great many increase and improvement in the services offered with a great deal of health staff.