Ethiopia: Somali state health bureau receives seven vehicles

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Addis Ababa, December 24, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Ministry of Health handed over on Thursday seven vehicles, which were secured from UNICEF, to Health Bureau of the Somali State.

Handing over the donation, UNICEF representative said the UN agency will remain an active partner of the ministry and health bureaus of the regional states.

The vehicles will contribute a lot in expanding movable healthcare services across the regional state, the representative said, adding UNICEF will continue assisting the region toward improve health service provisions.

Speaking at the occasion, director of pastoralist health expansion and disease prevention directorate with the ministry Dr. Tizta Haile said his ministry has been working together with various stakeholders in improving the health sector across the country.

He said the Somali region, as one of the emerging regional states, will be receiving multifaceted assistance in the health sector through special board of the federal government.

There are movable healthcare teams operating in 20 woredas of the regional state, he said, the teams have been assisting the public in nutrition program.

Receiving the donation, Bureau Deputy Head Dr. Yusuf Mohamed Ali said the vehicles will contribute toward the success of the health extension program in the state launched in 2006.

Movable healthcare teams were set up in the region in a bid to provide basic health care services to pastoralists since the pastoralists are movable communities.