Two central Somalia hospitals facing closure due to funding crisis

Two hospitals in the central Somali region of Galgadud are on the brink of closure due to lack of funds to support operations.
People living in Abudwaq and Balanballe are having to seek private treatment, as Ibado hospital in Abudwaq and Balanballe hospital are running out of drugs and cannot provide services.
The International Medical Corps (IMC) ceased its support to both hospitals in June, citing lack of funds. 
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Dr Nur Hussein Sheikhdon, the director of Ibado hospital, told Radio Ergo that since then they have been facing financial problems. The hospital can no longer pay staff salaries, water and electricity bills or buy medical supplies. 

“I fear the institution could soon halt its services due to lack of funds. The hospital serves a large population. People from various towns come here for treatment,” he said. 

Dr Nur said the hospital treated 9,800 people from Abudwaq and surrounding areas in June and July. The 35 staff of doctors, nurses, cleaners and watchmen have been working without pay since June.
Habiba Osman, who lives in Abudwaq, took her daughter-in-law to the hospital when she went into labour but found she could not be assisted. She, therefore, took her daughter-in-law to a private hospital, where she had to pay.

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