Galgaduud, South Central Somalia

MSF staff

MSF staff in the hospital in Guri El, region Galgadud © Otavio Omati/MSF

In Guri El’s 80-bed Istarlin hospital, MSF provides outpatient services and inpatient services including a paediatric ward, female ward, maternity ward and delivery room, operation theatre and surgical ward, laboratory and x-ray facilities. Preventive services, such as ante-natal care and vaccination, are also offered.

The hospital has the capacity to respond to the mass casualties. In addition MSF runs two health posts in Galgaduud: one in Dhusa Mareb, the regional capital, and one in Hinder, which opened in January 2008. In 2009, 64,329 people received consultations and free medication in the different outpatient departments of the hospital and health posts. Almost 4,000 patients were admitted to the hospital, of which 799 were women needing assistance with deliveries. 802 patients were admitted for major and minor surgery while 217 children were treated for malnutrition.

In early 2009, renewed fighting in Guri El and Dhusa Mareb prompted thousands of civilians to flee their homes MSF supplied millions litres of water and medical care to the displaced people in the area, and more than 230 war wounded patients were treated in Istarlin hospital. Between April and July 2009, MSF teams treated over 700 people for measles related complications during a measles outbreak in the area.

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