Officers from the Burundi National Defense Forces (BNDF) handed over cartons of the medical supplies to HirShabelle authorities, led by the state Minister for Women and Human Rights, Sa’adiya Mohamed Nur, in a ceremony held at Jowhar airport.
Ms. Sa’adiya noted that the donation was in response to a request by HirShabelle state to AMISOM following an appeal by members of local communities in Jowhar and Mahaday, who used to access medical support in AMISOM camps.
“Due to Corona, AMISOM instituted a lockdown and people were not able to access the camps for medical support. Since AMISOM at the moment cannot reach those areas due to the lockdown, we convinced AMISOM to handover the drugs to us so that we deliver them to the communities and they (AMISOM) accepted. We will deliver the medical supplies to local people through the MCHs run by the local doctors who will deliver similar services provided by AMISOM.” Ms. Sa’adiya explained.
Doctor Sharif Mohamud Ali, a local health worker in Jowhar lauded AMISOM for the support, and pledged to ensure that the supplies reach the intended beneficiaries, particularly, vulnerable communities affected by Covid-19 and recurrent floods.