Dhobley, SOMALIA– Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops serving with the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), have presented a consignment of medical supplies to Jubaland’s Dhobley General Hospital to help improve quality healthcare in the region.

It included assorted medicines, syringes, surgical aids, baby feeding recipes and hand sanitisers, among others. 

“The medical supplies we have donated will help the
hospital to improve on quality healthcare delivery to the local
population. We will also endeavour to assist the hospital with other
technical medical support when needed,” said the Senior Medical Officer
at the ATMIS Level Two hospital in Dhobley, Lt. Col Stanley Ng’anga. 

As part of their support to local communities, ATMIS KDF
medical personnel in March this year launched a programme at the Dhobley
Level Two hospital to mentor local medical students on surgical

“It is a six-month mentorship programme to support them on
operating room procedures and teach them how to incubate patients and
perform surgical procedures,” added Lt. Col. Nganga. 

The Director of Dhobley General Hospital, Abdinasir
Mohamed, who received the items, thanked ATMIS troops for their
continued support of the health facility through the provision of
medical supplies, staff training, and the handling of critically ill

“We are grateful for the medical supplies and the
invaluable support provided by the KDF troops who continue to support us
on admissions and patient referrals. While conducting operations in
this region, they continue to responded to our medical needs as a
community,” said Mohamed. 

Established through the collaborative efforts of the local
community, the Dhobley General hospital is mainly supported by ATMIS
troops and other international partners in Somalia. 

The facility has the capacity to handle a variety of medical needs including paediatric care. 

Conversely, the ATMIS Level Two hospital in Dhobley
handles approximately one hundred referral cases from the Dhobley
General hospital every month. 

Beyond their combat activities to ensure stability and
security in the Jubaland region, ATMIS KDF troops make meaningful
contributions to the health facility, including the provision of food,
medicines, building materials and medical equipment. 

The ATMIS troops also engage in other
Civil-Military-Cooperation (CIMIC), activities including drilling
boreholes, refurbishing hospitals and schools.



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