Yenisom starts drug production in Somalia, first company in 30 years

Yenisom Pharmaceuticals is going to be the first Turkish drugmaker to produce medicines in Somalia as it has started manufacturing drugs already.

The last pharmaceutical factory to operate in Somalia closed doors when the Somali government collapsed in 1991. 

YeniSom Healthcare was established in January to manufacture different pharmaceutical dosage forms. 

The factory is situated about three kilometers away from Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport and it is close to the KM4 area.

All infrastructural work, including installation of all necessary equipment in the factory, is complete, The deputy minister for health Dr. Mohamed Hassan said at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Dr. Hassan commended their dedication to the promotion of better healthcare and empower African people to access reliable medicine.

“It is an honor that after thirty years since the collapse of the central authority, today we are officially having a company that will be producing drugs,” said minister Hassan.  

“This is an indication of efforts played by different stakeholders in developing our country,” he added. 

Dr Mustafa Mirzi, a top manager at the pharmaceutical company said manufacturing will start soon after discussing with the Somali government which he commend for support. 

“This is a wonderful project which is a joint venture between a Turkish company and a Somali Company,” Dr Mirzi said.

“We already export to more than 17 countries and are proud of our venture to Somalia with Yenisom.”

The company will be manufacturing medicinal tablets, Capsule and Syrups.

The pharmaceutical company says it is totally committed to improving people’s health and pledges to successfully develop distinctive solid oral dosage treatments for various health conditions.

Yenisom Healthcare, the first locally drug producing company, says it is dedicated to developing access to medicine by focusing on production and marketing of high quality affordable generic medications.

Early this year, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia has urged the central government to improve health care services.

The UN expert called on the international community to ensure access to basic social services including drinking water, sanitation facilities, housing, health care education for all children, in particular girls.

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