Somali Red Crescent Society condemn attack on SRCS compound in Gedo region
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have condemned an attack on the organization's headquarters in Bardhere, Gedo region. In a joint statement, the organizations expressed their sorrow over the fire at the Bardhere Red Crescent and the injuries to some of its staff. "The three of us are recovering from injuries. We are assessing the damage to the health centre but the damage is extensive. The fire completely destroyed the clinic and it took hours to bail it out, ”said Ahmed Mohamed Adale, SRCS director. ICRC Country Director for Somalia Juerg Eglin said the blaze had affected about 2,000 people who were being investigated every month. “This is unacceptable! Families who used to come to the clinic are now forced to seek medical care elsewhere. There is no reason to attack a facility or medical staff. ” said Juerg Eglin, Head of the ICRC in Somalia. Access to healthcare remains a problem in Somalia as most health facilities are located out of reach of the general population. Only 15 percent of the rural population is estimated to have access to health care, a challenge that is exacerbated by ongoing conflict and weather crises. Bardhere Health Center opened in 2000 and is run by 19 health workers. The center was expanded in 2018 and provides free health services including outpatient care, nutrition program as well as supplementary feeding targets to help families prevent child malnutrition. The clinic is one of 29 ICRC-supported clinics in Somalia.