Somalia: epidemic outbreak of infectious eye diseases

For any infectious to be successful, there needs to be very inviting environment (well and over populated areas), lack of hygiene  and sanitation…as well as the sewage systems of the big cities and Somalia as an example is no exception.

Somalia main market Bakara








12.10.2017-  Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture
(SOMESHA) needs to point the finger at the renewed epidemic diseases
in across Somalia particularly south and central regions of Somalia
which is a widespread and long-lasting outbreak of an infectious diseases,
to the extent that the disease spreads beyond a local population to a
wider geographical areas from Jubba region of Somalia to
Galmudug region of Somalia.

Approximation, 1857 people who live in across Somalia and mostly in
south and central regions of Somalia are currently suffering eyes
infection, a seasonal disease in this nation but Somalis called “Daaf”
due to environmental changes (weather, vegetation) that favour
breeding of the vector and always caused by poor nutrition and the
poor public health system in Somalia. And it will perhaps increase the
number of cases of the disease.

Furthermore, dozens of people who lives in Kismayo, Dusamareb,
Galkayo, Baidoa, Beledweyn, Jowhar and Mogadishu are affected by a
wide-spread of Malaria disease outbreak including pregnant women and
children as well as aged people, and for those live internally
displaced areas in all the listed regions due to the recent rains,
floods and the poor sanitation by means of poor public health systems
according to the SOMESHA research, parallel with the damages of public
sewages infrastructure in South and central regions of Somalia.

“The virus caused all these infections is known as microbes and can
move from person to person in water, through the air, through exchange
of or contact with bodily fluids, or be carried by an intermediary
species, such as mosquitoes or fleas. These intermediary carriers are
called vectors.” Said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud,  SOMESHA Secretary General

“We absolutely declare today, that our country is in an emergency
situation where time is critical, the emphasis is usually on
interrupting transmission, since it takes time to obtain information
relating to the two diseases expansion and the actual cases
identification and carriers, and the implementation of the control
measures due to the lack of rapid reaction process yet looms in the
nation.” Mr. Daud added

However, the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and
Agriculture (SOMESHA) calls immediate interventions by the United
Nations Agencies and other international medical organizations as the
Federal Government of Somalia is full of activity to renew the
national cabinet ministers of Somalia since its fall-out and collapse.

Muktar Yusuf


Photo by – abdikani A.

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