On the 6th December 2021, the total number of detected cases of Covid-19 in Somaliland stood at 8,342 and 586 deaths. Due to limited testing capacity, the number of positive cases is likely to be higher, yet the Ministry of Health reports that almost 68% of these deaths have occurred in the past few months due to the Delta variant. We are pleased to see that more vaccines are arriving to vaccinate the people of Somaliland and this has decreased the number of Covid positive patients.
I work at the Ministry of Health Development in Somaliland, in the Department of Health Services and Hospitals, where it is our responsibility to ensure and improve the health services that our hospitals are providing.
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, King’s worked with Hargeisa Group Hospital (HGH) to help procure personal protective equipment (PPE), deliver case management training, and provide psychosocial and wellbeing support for health workers. We wanted to build on this work, making longer-term improvements to the hospital so they can be better prepared to respond to outbreaks.