Red Cross concerned about precautions taken by the public in Somaliland against COVID-19

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HARGEISA–The Red Cross Society says it is deeply concerned the precautions taken by the public to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Somaliland.

Somaliland and other countries in the Horn of Africa are at a critical juncture where immediate action can still contain the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

The Red Cross Society in conjunction with the international community Red Cross (SRCS) are working with the government led National Committee against the spread of COVID-19 in Somaliland.

The country has two cases linked to the virus and the ministry of health now says they are recuperating and shows signs of relief.

The Somaliland Red Cross Societies have a worry of the precautions taken by the public in the fight against the pandemic.

The public have been urged to follow the guidelines provided by the government as Somaliland joins the rest of world in containing, curbing and combating the novel coronavirus.

“We know that COVID-19 is spreading very fast around the world and the people are not well aware of the prevention measures that can mitigate the impact and the spread of this pandemic. This include social distancing, frequent hand washing and so many other measures that can prevent us the spread of this pandemic” said Red Cross Society official

Both Somalia and Somaliland have 7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no deaths and one recovery according to the figures compiled by the US based John Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, nearly 5000 health workers and SRC volunteers have been trained to COVID-19 prevention and signs.

According to the Red Cross, the ICRC is also distributing gloves and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the region.

Somaliland government has taken strict measures on its own to curb the spread of Coronavirus including closing its border with Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, shutting down all its ports with the exception of Bebera port, closing down all learning institutions and promised to take other raft measures like closing down mosques if necessary.

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