A broken healthcare system has hampered Somalia’s efforts to cope with COVID-19

a broken healthcare system has hampered somalias efforts to cope with covid 19

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.

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