This initiative is to
draw attention to and raise awareness of the
of the population's
health and the health services of Puntland .
Health services in the
North Eastern Region of Somalia were not meeting
of the regions population
even during the time of Siad Barre's regime. The
traditionally a pastoral
area of Somalia was underserviced and
the modernization and
development of Somalia and was in a precarious
before the collapse of
the M. Siad Barre's regime.
In the Mudug area of
Puntland, Galkayo is a major city. The health
conditions there were
worsened by the influx of the internally
from other parts of the
country, returning to their ancestral land thus
the area's meager
The current situation of
the health sector in the Galkayo area is
in urgent need of
development and rehabilitation .
In the Public Health and
Environmental domain there are no specific
for treating or
controlling the main infectious diseases (for
Diagnostic facilities and
other related equipment
are nonexistent. The
available physicians cannot properly perform
due to lack of resources
both medical and financial. There is limited
paramedical personnel for the same reasons.
Although the conditions
in Galkayo city and immediate surrounding area
continue to be as
described above, there is hope . Insha Allah
with your help
the main objectives of
this endeavor to serve your brothers and sisters
will be implemented .
The overall objectives of
the program is to contribute in a direct and
to the rehabilitation and
development of the health system in Galkayo and
Puntland in order to
serve the basic health needs of the population.
a) by strengthing of the
activities performed by the Galkayo Medical
with particular focus on
improving the epidemiological diagnosis sector,
medicine, maternal child health, (MCH) and
health care (PHC);
b) by developing the
capability of the Galkayo Medical Centre in
enable it to offer proper
basic diagnostic and curative services to
in town and from the
surrounding regions, covering the now existing
this sector between needs
an medical output;
Establishment of the Medical
Galkayo Medical Centre
was first established several years ago .
Because of the
difficulties and economic constraints faced so
work is progressing
steadily but slowly. Dr. Abdulkadir (Dhaga'ade)
has been solely
responsible for financing this project .
Ist phase (Completed): An
outpatient department with surgery taking place
every three months. Dr.
Abdulkadir travels with his mobile surgery
equipment and supplies
from Italy and he works in Galkayo for two weeks
from 6:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m. in order to carry out surgery and
he volunteers his time
and commits his resources from his practice in
Dr. Abdul has trained
local personnel to carry out simple treatments
interim period and
arrange a list of surgeries , follow up care for
his arrival .
A small nominal fee is
paid by patients who can afford to partially
cover on going costs of service The region that
he is serving is Puntland and
referrals from other
regions of Somalia also.
Dr. Abdul initiated a
sanitary and nutritional programs with the aim
prevent the spread of the
most common serious infectious diseases such
as tuberculoses , viral
hepatitis, gastroenteritis and other diseases
related to malnutrition .
2nd phase(In progress):
Thirty (30) beds of maternity department with
consisting of two surgery rooms ,two delivery
one first aid surgery
room ,one medical room, and one equipment
sterilization room is in its final construction
and is to be finished by
December 2000. The
hospital equipment is ready to be shipped by
the above date.
3rd phase(Near future):
To set up and develop a process of training
and requalifications of
paramedical staff and laboratory technician.
4th phase(Near future):
To establish a specific pilot project programme
tuberculosis toward prevention, treatment and
of TB in the area.
Further development of future services and other
What can you do to
Today Dr. Abdul and those
who support his efforts feel it is time to
a bonfide hospital with
permanent staff and service. To this end a short
long range plan was
developed and has been and partially implemented
The hospitals physical
structure is now in place ,equipment has been
prepared but remains in
crates due to shortage of funds to ship it to
there is an urgent need for funds to ship
the equipment and
supplies in time for December opening date .
The estimated cost for
shipping is US $20,000. (twenty thousand dollars).
Donate to this vital
cause. Aid your brothers, sisters and family of
the Puntland region to be
the first to establish a functioning hospital
that we ourselves helped
build and support and benefit from.
The Galkayo Medical
Centre is registered under Corporation of
Medical Services and
Via Int. Verdogne, 20-tel
0962-903598, Crotone- Italy.
COMSED is a an
international non-governmental organization
in 1995 to assist the
needy countries of the "Third World" ,
Somalia is first priority.
There is a proposal to the European Union(EU) to
"And do good unto parents,
and the near kinsmen, and unto orphans,
and unto the needy, and
unto the neighbour who is of kin, and
unto the neighbour who is
a stranger, and unto the companion by your side,
and unto the traveller
and unto that your right hand owns"(al-Nisa'
May Allah bless you.
Jazakum Allah khair
Your help is needed.
Please channel all donations to :
CORPORATION OF MEDICAL
SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT (COMSED) .
20-tel 0962-903598, Crotone- Italy.
Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro