Somalia: UN Lauds Covid-19 Response in Somalia, Urges More Efforts

The UN in Somalia on Tuesday lauded health workers who have worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Mogadishu reached a six-month milestone since the first case was confirmed.

While the period has seen achievements in containing the pandemic in Somalia, the UN cautioned that the response to COVID-19 was far from over and urged Mogadishu to redouble efforts to contain the virus.

“The efforts that Somali health workers have made to contain the pandemic and help those affected by the virus have literally saved lives. This heroic work is a testament to their commitment and dedication, often under extremely challenging conditions,” James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia said in a statement.

Swan said the health workers achieved these life-saving outcomes despite a very fragile and weakened health system in Somalia, the result of three decades of conflict, protracted crisis and repeated humanitarian emergencies.

“The results show their fortitude as well as the importance of the Somali authorities and national and international partners working together,” he added.

The Horn of Africa nation has so far 3,376 cases of COVID-19, 2,791 recoveries and 98 deaths since the pandemic was first declared in the country on March 16, according to the ministry of health.

The UN, spearheaded by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), said it began ramping up its support even before the first case of the deadly virus was announced.

In February, WHO began working with Somali authorities to prepare for the prevention and early detection of imported cases, and the management of suspected and confirmed cases within communities.