MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somali people were not aware of the risk of coronavirus and to them, the virus was just a fairy tale before the first case was reported by authorities on March 16.
The illness that was sweeping the world far beyond Somalia’s borders, killing thousands seemed fanatical to the Somali public, however, they have now begun measures to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.
Earlier, Somali people thought the disease is only contracted by non-Muslims, but they have now found truth after it arrived in their soil.
It’s not too late, but people have panicked after the third case of Covid19 was confirmed on Friday. The individual who contracted the virus was a foreign UN employee in Mogadishu.
Somalia witnessed decades of conflict, drought and devastating disease outbreaks as well as locust plagues that have taken heavy toll.
Already vulnerable, millions of Somalis now contemplate a new way to die.
Mogadishu hosts a number of refugee camps that house hundreds of thousands of people, cramped and full of life. Yet, these people have no access to health care and other basic services.
Refugee camps are most feared to become worst hit areas by the disease due to no social distancing rules viable and no emergency health coverage available for the refugees.
“This is a disease which has overwhelmed more sophisticated health care systems of countries than ours,” President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed warned in a public awareness campaign.
Although Somalia has put several measures in place from banning international flights, preparing quarantine zones and suspending local flights –to creating awareness, capacity to control such a deadly virus remains a matter of question.
First death to Coronavirus has been confirmed in Somalia on Saturday after a suspected individual in a quarantined zone has been found dead in Garowe town.
This shows the extent of the country’s preparedness; there are no testing machines for the virus and samples taken from suspected individuals are sent to overseas nations that might delay results for several days or even weeks.
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