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Healthcare: WHO calls for investments in Somalia

The WHO on Thursday called for robust investments in Somalia’s fragile healthcare infrastructure as a means to accelerate the country’s reconstruction after two and a half decades of civil strife.

WHO Senior officials who made the call at a forum in Nairobi, said that affordable healthcare will help Somalia
deal with frequent disease outbreaks worsened by conflicts and natural calamities.

The WHO Representative in Somalia, Ghulam Popal, proposed new funding and technical interventions to help rebuild Somalia’s healthcare system.

Mr. Popal said “the health care system in Somalia has suffered from continuous emergencies including epidemics of
infectious diseases due to conflicts and extreme climatic shocks like droughts and floods.

“We must accelerate action to rebuild the country’s health infrastructure and strengthen response to frequent
cholera and measles outbreaks.”

Representatives from multilateral lenders, governments and relief agencies attended the Nairobi forum that sought
to explore innovative ways to broaden access to affordable health care services in Somalia.

Mr. Popal stressed that universal health coverage will have a positive socio-economic bearing on Somalia and the
greater horn of African region.

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