Hargeysa, Somaliland, September 17, 2011 (SL Times) – Dr Ise Abdi Jama,
one of Somaliland's young medical doctors urged his colleagues to work
hard for their country. He acknowledged that there are a lot of
complaints from the public about the health system and there is no point
in hiding or denying those complaints, but he warned that complaints
have to be based on facts and not on personal attacks. He also
apologized to the minister of health for the personal attacks that he
was recently subjected to. He said this while talking to some members of
Dr Ise Abdi Jama made these additional points:
-He does not agree with the criticisms leveled at the doctors but he
appealed to the doctors to do everything they can to fulfill their
duties and provide good health care.
--There are problems that are unique to Hargeysa hospital which is the
biggest and busiest hospital in the country, and something must be done
quickly about it. For example, it just does not make sense that when
doctors go to other regions, they are welcomed by the local government
and provided with lodging and food expenses but the doctors in Hargeysa
are expected to do their job without having a place to stay.
- When doctors are seen in cafes, it does not mean they are avoiding
their job but are on a break, and since there are no facilities in the
hospital, they go to cafes to have a cup of tea.
-There is no solid working relationship between the doctors and the
-The young doctors who graduated from Somaliland universities are not
being entrusted with responsibilities. There are fifteen young medical
doctors working in Hargeysa hospital and ten older doctors.