QRC opens full-fledged health centre in Somalia

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has opened a health centre in a village in Somalia.

The health centre, located in the Mareerey village in the Afgooye district in the Lower Shabelle region of  Somalia, some 40 km south of the capital Mogadishu, has been opened in co-operation with the Islamic Da’wa Organisation office. 

The construction cost of the centre was QR451,578  ($123,720)  of which the Islamic Da’wa Organisation contributed QR 175,200 ($ 48,000). The QRC contributed QR 276,378  ($75,720) to cover the cost of equipment.

The centre houses several sections, including outpatient clinics, antenatal care, children’s immunisation, and short -term health monitoring, in addition to a medical laboratory and a pharmacy.

It is estimated that about 30,000 people in rural areas will benefit from the health services to be rendered by the centre.  

Secretary General of QRC Saleh bin Ali al-Mohannadi said that the centre aims to improve the quality of healthcare services in Lower Shabelle region in keeping with QRC’s overall development strategy, to raise the standard of living and remove the effects of drought in all parts of Somalia. 

Al-Mohannadi praised the co-operation with Islamic Da’wa Organisation, stressing the importance of such partnerships in implementing projects and humanitarian programmes that benefit the affected, vulnerable and needy people in various parts of the world.