MSF opens new outpatient department for children in Galcayo North

06.05.2010 | Mudug, South Central Somalia

Nairobi – The international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is today opening a new outpatient facility for children under the age of 12 in MSF’s clinic in Galcayo North. The facility will offer free outpatient consultations and medication to children living in Galcayo and the surrounding areas.

“MSF is very happy to be able to open this new outpatient department,” says Karin Fischer Liddle, MSF Head of Mission for Somalia. “The health needs in Somalia are huge and children often fall victim to preventable and curable diseases”The clinic has two doctors for consultations and three nurses for vaccinations, medication and the observation unit. The clinic also provides free laboratory testing. In total there are 18 staff working in the outpatient department.

MSF has worked in Mudug region since 1997. In South Galcayo hospital MSF provides outpatient curative and preventive services, including maternal care and vaccination, and inpatient care. Medical staff provide paediatric care maternity care, including emergency obstetric care; therapeutic feeding, tuberculosis treatment and surgery. In North Galcayo clinic, MSF provides tuberculosis treatment and therapeutic feeding. In both locations systematic monitoring for nutritional emergencies and outbreaks of epidemic diseases for the region is available.

MSF In Somalia

MSF has worked in Somalia continuously since 1991 and currently has provides medical services in eight regions: Banadir, Bay, Hiraan, Galgaduud, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle and Mudug.

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