Turkey to build East Africa’s largest children’s hospital in Mogadishu

November 02, 2011, Wednesday/ 15:21:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Turkey plans to build the largest children’s hospital in east Africa in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

The children’s hospital will be funded and constructed by yardım eli Aid Association and will contain 100 beds. The facility in which the hospital will be located will also include an education center, a mosque and a guest house.

Mehmet Çitil, the coordinator for the association’s activities in Somalia, told Anatolia that the infant mortality rate in the country has reached as high as 60 percent and that two-thirds of deaths are due to various infectious diseases and that one-third are due to starvation.

Stating that the country’s health system has been completely devastated, Çitil explained, “The children’s hospital that we are about to construct will be the biggest in East Africa, as Somali Health Ministry officials have also confirmed.”

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, who is scheduled to visit Mogadishu on Nov. 17, will attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the hospital, which we will be constructed as part of a campaign titled “Don’t Let Somali Children Die.”

Stating that an education center, a mosque and a guest house are also included in the plan for the facility, Çitil added that Turkish doctors and nurses associated with Yardım Eli will work in the hospital. Yardım Eli is also providing food aid in Somalia and operates an orphanage in the country.

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