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UN warns of Somalia health crisis

Wednesday February 6 2013


More than 200,000 children in Somalia are in urgent need of health care, a United Nations agency has said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said Sh7.8 billion was urgently required for emergency health services in Somalia.

“Access to health care is still a challenge for a majority of the population. Making health services available across Somalia, especially in under-served areas of central and southern regions, is crucial to provide people with timely life-saving health assistance,” said WHO’s Dr Omar Saleh during a press briefing in Nairobi.

He said for the first time in four years, vaccinations were conducted in 14 districts of south and central Somalia.

Somalia, he added, still among had the highest cases of malnutrition in the world.