New health facility to assist Somali IDPs

Somali family affected by drought

A new field hospital has been opened in Dolow along the Somali Ethiopia border to provide medical aid to thousands of Somali refugees fleeing towards the border areas.

The hospital will be operated and managed by the World Health Organization, which will also provide medical staff as well as supplies and equipment.

Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says the hospital will help reduce the number of IDP's who are fleeing to Mogadishu or refugee camps in search of medical assistance.

 ”The hospital is a self sufficient facility which includes a tent with 8 beds, one operating theater and a basic lab and is meant to run for the next six months. Last week more than 400 patients were treated and on average 65 patients per day and there were more than 30 surgical operations that were performed successfully. The major consultations included malaria, acute watery diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections and provision of emergency assistance to patients suffering from war related injuries.”

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Duration 29"

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