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A car bomb which rammed into a district government office on Monday 10 September in Mogadishu, Somalia, and killed six people, also damaged the clinic next door run by Muslim Aid, hampering important humanitarian work.
Muslim Aid’s clinic, Ayan MTBU in Hodan district, Mogadishu, which treats patients with tuberculosis (TB), has been badly damaged and a nurse Shamsa, working for Muslim Aid, was hurt by flying glass when the building collapsed.
Ahmed Abdi, Country Director for Muslim Aid Somalia said: “It was a huge blast – our clinic building collapsed and windows were shattered.
“Normally we treat over 100 patients every day for TB, but we have had to immediately suspend operations while the clinic is being repaired. Our ten staff and volunteers are very frightened and we have sent them home. Fortunately none of our patients were harmed and our nurse Shamsa has only minor injuries.”
Muslim Aid has closed the clinic and is now working to repair the damage. It hopes to reopen the clinic in a week. Patients being treated for TB will now need to receive a week’s medication to take independently. Muslim Aid has a total of 20 health clinics in Somalia, 14 of these clinics are working to eradicate tuberculosis.
Muslim Aid currently works across Somalia with 300,000 people. Muslim Aid’s projects work to eradicate TB, prevent malaria, improve the health of women and children and provide shelter and livelihood training for women who have escaped violence.