Sumary of A broken healthcare system has hampered Somalia’s efforts to cope with COVID-19:
- A recent report by the global advocacy organisation Amnesty International painted a dire picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia.
- We have been doing consecutive online surveys to assess the adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and its impact on Somalis between April 2020 and January 2021. These are still continuing.
- These included closing schools, non-essential businesses, bars and restaurants, closing borders, forbidding large gatherings, restricting travel and imposing a curfew.
- The measures have had a devastating effect on daily labourers and low-income communities.
- But the main one is that not all the laboratories in the country are included in the tally.
- Preventive measures included closing academic institutions and banning large-scale social gatherings.
- Our initial observations were that a lot of the preventive measures were ignored due to strong cultural or religious beliefs.
- For example, people continued to gather in mosques several times a day for prayers, and meet a funeral services without proper personal protective equipment.