Mogadishu hospital reopens after 14-year closure

Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Banadir Hospital, the biggest health centre in Mogadishu reopened on Saturday to the public after being under the control of armed militiamen for 14 years.
The militiamen at last agreed to the re-opening of the hospital after protracted negotiations with a women organisation called Women of the Peace Frontier.
It will presently provide free medical services to 1,000 women and children daily.
Shells and mortars fired by different factional groups partly destroyed the 400-bed hospital during the protracted war in Mogadishu in late eighties and early nineties.
Surprisingly most of its equipment survived the shelling from artilleries and remained intact.
Most of the hospital structures, equipment and facilities was refurbished and rehabilitated through funds donated by Mogadishu businessmen, the Women organisation (Women of the peace Frontier) and United Nation agencies.
Thousands of people, including women who attended the ceremony expressed happiness about the re-opening of the hospital as most them relied on its maternity and paediatric departments.
They narrated the suffering they underwent during the fourteen years it remained under the control of armed militiamen.
The minister of Health in the Transitional National Government, Dr.
Osman Mohamud Duffle reminded every Somali about the importance of being mindful of others' welfare.
He warned those who are being driven by greed in bringing untold suffering to the Somali population to stop and join the rest in the reconstruction of the country.

17 july 2004 16:53:00

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