Borama, Somaliland, July 14, 2012 (SL Times) – The ministers of health,
information, and planning laid the corner stone for a mental illness
hospital that is being built in Borama. The hospital will be named after
Dr Abdishakur Ali Jawhar who was planning to establish such hospital
before he died in a car accident. The project of building the hospital
is now in the hands of the family of Sheikh Ali Jawhar, and will
specifically be managed by Sheikh Abdillahi Sheikh Ali Jawhar.
Speaking at the ceremony that marked the occasion, the Minister of
Information, Abdi Yusuf Duale (Boobe), said Abdishakur Ali Jawhar was
one of the few psychiatrists in the country, and the government will pay
its share towards building the hospital. He also said they will start
programs on government media to raise funds for the hospital.
The Minister of Health, Dr Huseen M. Maxamed (Xoog) made it known that
the hospital will not just treat the people of Awdal, or the people of
Somaliland, but will treat anybody who has mental illness.
In her speech, Edna Adan asked that since there is a great shortage in
staff who know about giving care to mental illness patients, more staff
should be trained.
Sheikh Abdillahi Ali Jawhar thanked the government and said he welcomes
anyone who wants to contribute to the establishment of the mental
Others who spoke on the occasion included the Minister of Planning, Dr
Sa’ad Ali Shire, the Minister of Resettlement, Abdirizaq Ali Osman, the
administration of Awdal region, politicians and distinguished guests.