SOMALIA—After extensive renovations and the installation of modern medical equipment, the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu has officially been reopened with a special ceremony.
His Excellency Hamza Abdi Barre, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and His Excellency Ahmad Juma Al Rumaithi, UAE Ambassador to Somalia, were present for this event.
The medical facility is divided into eight major departments: emergency, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, ENT, and an imaging department with ultrasound and X-ray equipment, among others.
In his remarks to commemorate this milestone, HE Al Rumaithi reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to continuing to provide assistance and aid to the Somali people, as well as to their efforts to establish stability, while also expanding on the two countries’ and peoples’ historical links.
He further emphasized the UAE’s desire to promote collaboration with Somalia in a variety of areas while also supporting its economic growth and prosperity.
HE Al Rumaithi, for his part, remarked that reopening the hospital reflects the UAE’s humanitarian approach to assisting friendly nations and supporting critical development projects, notably in the healthcare sector.
He went on to note that since its inception by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE has always championed humanitarian work as a steadfast and essential principle of foreign policy.
In this regard, he finished by emphasizing that the UAE has executed various projects that exemplify the UAE’s values of humanitarian aid distribution.
Prime Minister Barre, on his part, praised their close and deep bilateral relations and cooperation in a wide range of areas of mutual interest, while also appreciating the UAE for its assistance to Somalia.
Saif Ali Al Rashash, Chargé d’Affaires at the UAE Embassy, attended the opening ceremony, as did several Somali government officials, including the State Minister for Health, Mogadishu’s Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, the Head of the UAE-Somalia Parliamentary Friendship Committee, and other officials.
The Sheikh Zayed Hospital is one of the few medical institutes in Mogadishu that offers free medical services and pharmaceuticals to patients..
The reopening of the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Mogadishu is part of the UAE’s endeavors and initiatives to support Somalia and its health sector.
Reopening the hospital will contribute to improving the quality of medical services provided to Somalis, increasing their opportunities to receive free medical care, particularly for the most vulnerable groups who are unable to afford treatment and medications at private hospitals.