Qatar Charity implements health projects in Somalia.
Tribune News Network Doha QATAR Charity (QC) has implemented a number of health projects in Somalia in the first half of 2018 as part of its development intervention in health sector based on integration of the curative and preventive aspects. QC's health interventions focus on countries that lack sufficient primary healthcare services and suffer from the spread of infectious and endemic diseases and high mortality rates, especially child and maternal mortality. QC's projects in Somalia include building health clinics, organising medical caravans for disaster relief and providing first aid. They are being carried out in coordination with the Somali Ministry of Health and Mogadishu University. The Shifa clinic,built by QC in the Yakhshid district of Mogadishu, opened in May and is run by the medical college students of the Mogadishu University, providing basic services to the poor and the displaced in the region. The 600 sqm clinic consists of 11 rooms, a waiting area, an outpatient clinic, a maternity room, patient rooms, a pharmacy, a doctor's room and a laboratory. It provides health services, medical consultations and free medicines to patients. The clinic operates at its maximum capacity and receives more than 80 cases every day, as it is located at the northern end of the Yakhchid district, where over 150,000 people live. Besides, QC has built a dispensary in the Wadjer neighbourhood of the capital Mogadishu, which was opened at the end of last month. The 300 sqm dispensary consisting of six rooms and a waiting area provides primary health services and maternity services as well as nutritional services for children under the age of five. According to the statement of the CESVI office in Somalia, every day, as many as 120 people benefit from the services of the dispensary as it is located in an impoverished neighbourhood, where around 93,000 people live, most of whom cannot afford private hospitals. The QC is also working on the construction of several health centres and clinics, including the Elesha Biyaha dispensary which is expected to be open soon in Lower Shabelle region. It is a heavily populated area with no public hospital. Other five multi-service centres will be constructed in Kismayo, Baidoa, Dusamareb and Middle Shabelle during the second half of this year. In July and August, medical convoys will be dispatched to the camps in Mogadishu, which will provide free health services for the displaced. Each convoy is expected to provide medical services and consultations for 80 people.
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|Date:||Jul 16, 2018|
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