AMISOM and the Italian government are starting to build a 68-bed hospital for the Somali National Army

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Mogadishu, Somalia – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), sponsored by the Italian government, has begun construction of a 68-bed medical facility for Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers and officers.

The construction of the SNA hospital is being carried out under the program for early recovery and stabilization. Under the program, AMISOM undertakes Quick Impact Projects to expand services by building schools, health facilities, police stations, safe water projects and providing work tools to Somali security forces.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place today on the premises of the ancient Somali National Army Hospital in Mogadishu, also known as Isbitaalka Xoogga. Isbitaalka Xoogga was built in the 1960s but was destroyed during the years of Somalia’s civil war. The hospital is now being rebuilt.

When the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, spoke at the ceremony, he said that the plan to build the SNA Hospital was a joint agreement with the African Union Commission following a request from the Somali Defense Forces for a health facility for members of the Somali military. .

“Now we are here laying the first stone in this project that will serve to protect the brave and efficient soldiers of the SNA,” said Ambassador Vecchi.

“It will not be a job done once the hospital is built. When it is done, we will continue to support and help the government and people of Somalia to maintain it. We will find a way, together, depending on your needs,” he said. added Ambassador Vecchi, as he pledged his country’s support for the reconstruction and stabilization of Somalia.

The Deputy Special Representative of the President of the Commission of the African Union (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, said that the choice to finance the construction of the military medical facility together with Italy was due to the potential to transform the facility into a center of excellence for medical research.

“This hospital will not only be a reference facility for the army but should be developed into a research and development facility for the army. The military worldwide is one step ahead of all in identifying challenges for their communities through research and issues of new diseases. , new health challenges, we look to the military to give us answers even before civil society does, ”Mulongo said.

Somalia’s Chief of Defense, General Odowaaa Yusuf, said the request for a military hospital came from the need for specialized medical equipment and health personnel to address the various health challenges facing men and women in uniform.

“Previously, this hospital not only provided services to military personnel but also provided for the civilian population. Now we will have the facility with 68 beds to accommodate the military. Previously, Isbitaalka Xoogga was known for having the best medical experts and research experts. We hope to be able to have the best experts here again, ”stated General Odowaa.

According to AMISOM’s civil engineer, Andrew Alele, the construction of the facility will be carried out by Deeqa Construction and Water Well Drilling Company. It will take about six months and would include a modern kitchen, laundry room, administration and storage.

Present at the groundbreaking were senior SNA and AMISOM officers including the AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant General Diomede Ndegeya, and the AMISOM Sector One Commander, Brig. Don Nabaasa.

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