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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02844-N
Date : 30/04/2020
Country/Region : SOMALIA
Title : Somalia : as cases soar, clinics, hospitals and prisons brace themselves for COVID-19
Duration : 00:15:09
Director : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Cameraman : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Editor : ABDIKARIM, Mohamed
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
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Description : COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in Somalia as clinics, hospitals, prisons, and communities brace themselves for what could be a surge in people falling sick to the virus.
Somalia’s health care system has been gutted by decades of violence and underinvestment. Intensive care capacity is limited at best and most hospitals lack regular electricity supply, let alone ventilators. Hospitals and clinics in Somalia are racing to put in place preventive measures against COVID-19 such as temperature checks and handwashing at entrances and triage systems to ensure suspected cases are quickly isolated.
Conflict and climate shocks have uprooted hundreds of thousands of Somalis from their homes. Many of them live in overcrowded displacement camps or shoulder-to-shoulder in overcrowded settlements around urban areas. Physical distancing is impossible, and many do not have soap or water to wash their hands regularly. This creates fertile conditions for the virus to spread.
While COVID-19 threatens the health of communities in Somalia, it also poses a tremendous risk to those living in the country’s detention facilities. As is the case in displacement camps and densely populated urban neighbourhoods, physical distancing and handwashing are luxuries that prisoners cannot practice.
ICRC teams have delivered 5,000 pieces of soap, 100 handwashing stations, 36,000 laundry soaps, and 9,000 kg of washing powder and other cleaning materials to 22 places of detention in Somalia. Teams also shared information with detainees and prison authorities on how to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Somalia : as cases soar, clinics, hospitals and prisons brace themselves for COVID-19
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