According to WHO ( world health organization) Somalia should boost its health system through robust investments by both foreigners and nationals.
Somalia – The WHO on Thursday called for robust investments in Somalia’s fragile health care 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 health care will help Somalia deal with frequent disease outbreaks worsened by conflicts and natural calamities.
Ghulam Popal, the WHO Representative in Somalia, proposed new funding and technical interventions to help rebuild Somalia’s healthcare system. 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.
Participants discussed Kenya’s and Sudan’s model of expanding health coverage and how it can be replicated in the neighbouring Somalia.
Popal stressed that universal health coverage will have a positive socio-economic bearing on Somalia and the greater horn of African region.
“Regional collaboration combined with stable institutional capacity is key to expanding access to quality and affordable health care services in Somalia.“Resilient health systems in the country will benefit other East African Nations,” Popal said.
He called for greater investments in surveillance infrastructure to enhance timely response to disease outbreaks in Somalia.
The governments of Somalia and other autonomous regions have identified reconstruction of health infrastructure as critical to achieve peace, stability and economic growth. Also speaking, Osman Abdinasir, Minister for Health in Puntland region of Somalia, said there is a political goodwill to promote access to quality health care to help deal with emergencies that undermine stability and progress.
“We are gradually recovering from the turmoil of yesteryears and revitalizing health services will be the cornerstone of development and stability,”.