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Inauguration ceremony of new WHO office construction in Garowe, Puntland

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A foundation stone laying ceremony foundation stone laying ceremony was held on 6 February in Garowe to officially signify the start of construction of a new WHO office in Puntland. The ceremony took place at the WHO office construction site and was attended by the Minister of Health Dr Saadiq Mohamed Enow, the Mayor of Garowe Mr Abdelaziz Nor Elmi Koor, the outgoing Minister of Health Dr Ali Abdullahi Warsame, and the WHO Representative for Somalia Dr Ghulam Popal.

The building will consist of more than 20 office rooms, conference facilities and a modern learning centre that will be accessible to all health professionals in Somalia and will provide free access to accredited distance learning courses among other opportunities. The construction will be complete by the end of 2015.

Dr Saadiq Mohamed Enow, who presided over the event, declared, “The office building is for the people of Somalia and all necessary support will be provided to realize WHO’s work”. Mr Abdelaziz Nor Elmi Koor commended WHO for its continued assistance in strengthening the health system in Puntland and in building the capacity of the health authorities and health workforce.

Thanking the authorities for allocating the land to WHO, Dr Popal said, “The office building will not only be landmark resource centre, but it also evidences the commitment of WHO to serving the Somali population, as well as the great collaboration with the health authorities and the government as a whole.”

WHO has been working in Somalia since 1960 to reduce avoidable loss of life, burden of disease and disability, and to support the Somali authorities in building a comprehensive, inclusive and equitable health care delivery system. WHO has been able to maintain its presence in Puntland with a sub-office in Garowe and two field offices in Bossaso and Galkayo.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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