#Somalia – “Access to health care remains dangerously low in the country” – #UNexpert Isha Dyfan warns about high child & maternal mortality, & urges the Government to improve health services, end child marriage & protect journalists. https://t.co/CTAB0h94L7 pic.twitter.com/dNmi2MW00q
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“There is only one Government hospital in the capital, Mogadishu, and people often have to seek healthcare services at a private health facility and pay out of their own pocket very high amounts for their own treatment,” said the UN expert.
Healthcare for all plea
Ms. Dyfan called on the international community to ensure drinking water, sanitation facilities, housing, healthcare and education for all children as well as other basic social services.
She also urged the Government to increase funding for its health system and, learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, to expand the delivery of public health services.
“Only a few people can afford these services, thereby leading to high child and maternal mortality,” said the UN expert.
Protect children, journalists
The rights expert drew attention to forced and child marriages, calling on the authorities to end them.
Turning to the arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists by security personnel across the country, Ms. Dyfan expressed her concern and reiterated the importance of respecting the right to freedom of expression and opinion.
In addition to meeting with State officials, representatives of humanitarian organizations and civil society, the independent expert held discussions with the AMISOM, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and UN agencies, funds and programmes.
Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work.