AMISOM troops under the Djiboutian contingent on Wednesday donated assorted medicines to populations affected by cholera and drought in Belet Weyne. The donations were distributed alongside a security operation that included foot patrols, in Jawiil and El gal districts, north of Belet Weyne.
A cholera outbreak was reported in 25 districts across Somalia late last year, with Belet Wayne and surrounding bearing the brunt of the disease. The region has also been hit hard by drought, with tens of households facing hunger and starvation.
Col Hassan Jama Farah, the contingent commander of the Djibouti troops says the donations will go along way in alleviating hunger and treating common ailments. He added that security patrols would continue to enhance security.
“Today, we have gone through several villages including El-gal Ba’aad, Kala Bayr, Jawiil, we are now with the people of Ditors. We carried some medical supplies to help the people affected by cholera, which we have handed over to the Jawiil deputy District Commissioner,”Col. Farah said.
“In our assessment, the area is largely peaceful. We held meetings with elders and the district leadership, and there was no major problem highlighted. We will continue with our mission of enforcing peace in Belet Weyne,” Col. Farah added.
Abdisalan Hassan Mursal, the Jawiil deputy District Commissioner thanks AMISOM for the timely assistance, which he said would save lives.
“We thank AMISOM troops and specifically the Djiboutian troops for the donation of medicines, coming at a time when we need them the most. Jawill has a heavy disease burden and we need much more assistance,” he said.