Somalia's Hormuud Salaam Foundation donates incubators to Banadir Hospital
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's Hormuud Salaam Foundation on Thursday donated incubators to Banadir Hospital, the largest public health facility in the country, which will aid newborn babies who are born prematurely to survive under extreme conditions.
A study done by the Ministry of Health in Somalia indicates that at least 12 percent of babies are born prematurely, making it difficult for a number of them to survive. This, Hormuud Salaam Foundation said, triggered the corporate to chip in and assist the Mogadishu-based health facility.
"In Somalia, 12% of babies are born prematurely. To give them the best chance to thrive and grow, Hormuud Salaam Foundation donated 10 incubators to Banadir Hospital," the company said in a tweet. "This is part of their ongoing efforts to improve healthcare for mothers, children, and the Somali community at large."
During the handover of the 10 incubators, officials from the Ministry of Health and Banadir Hospital attended the event. Hormuud Salaam Foundation chairman Abdullahi Nur Osman said the hospital had also requested the foundation to donate beds.
The incubators, he added, were bought from abroad as part of the foundation's philanthropic activities across the country. Somalia has been struggling with health infrastructure, making it difficult for doctors to save thousands of people.
Fartun Sharif, Director of Banadir Maternity and Children's Hospital, said that the equipment donated by Hormuud Salaam Foundation will help meet the needs of the hospital and thanked the management and staff of Hormuud Salaam Foundation. He further said the foundation will continue to work closely with the department of health.
The Director of the Family Health Department within the facility, Dr. Ubah Farah Ahmed thanked the foundation for the donation, adding that more corporates should assist the government to sustain ever-increasing medical demands around the country.
Abdullahi Salad Hussein, Director of Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia, praised the role of the Hormuud Salaam Foundation in the development of the hospital. The foundation will also donate a generator to the hospital.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Hormuud Salaam Foundation also participated in cushioning the population through the purchasing of masks and sanitizers among others. The telecommunication company has been expanding its networks, even benefiting northeastern Kenya.