Unmanned land borders and sea a channel for COVID-19 import to Somalia – Health Minister

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MOGADISHU (HMC) – Somalia remains at risk of importing COVID-19 cases because of poorly manned land borders and sea, the Minister of Health Fawziya Abikar.

Dr. Abikar said in an interview with VOA Somalia the country remained exposed and that people from countries with COVID-19 recorded cases could still access the country through the sea or land borders despite the country banning international flights.

The Minister called for concerted efforts to limit the spread of the virus as the country puts up more measures. So far there are three cases of COVID-19 cases in Somalia.

Somalia shares land borders with Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti and has a coastline of 3,300 kilometres which remains scarcely manned.

The minister also revealed that Somalia was expecting to get the first COVID-19 testing machines in three weeks’ time noting currently samples have to be sent to WHO run medical testing centres in Kenya.

Meanwhile the Federal Government Friday distributed equipment to support hospitals cop with the COVID-19 spread to Puntland and Somaliland.

The other Federal Member States will also receive the supplies soon, the Ministry of health said in a tweet.

The supplies are part of the donation by the Chinese businessman Jack Ma to all African countries.

Source Hiiraan Online