The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in partnership with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Unit, on Saturday distributed personal protective equipment and health supplies to traders in Mogadishu, to support efforts to fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The donated items included hand washing facilities, thermometers, soap and face masks, and were distributed to traders and shop owners plying their trade in Halane base camp. There are over 150 stores located in an area called the “marine market”, selling a variety of essentials for people who live and work in Halane.
The market was closed in March this year when AMISOM put in place lockdown measures in Halane to control and contain the spread of COVID-19. Now, as AMISOM begins to ease lockdown restrictions in the base camp, the donated items will allow traders to conduct their business safely while following standard operating procedures designed to prevent COVID-19 infections.
“We have supplied personal protective equipment to other sectors and to the marine market. We have raised awareness among traders who will interact with our soldiers. We must guarantee the use of these items, ”said Lieutenant Colonel Cyriaque Bikorimana, the AMISOM army. Deputy Civil-Military Cooperation Officer (CIMIC)
Lieutenant Abdihakim Mahad, the focal point of COCIM in the Somali National Army (SNA), who thanked AMISOM and the US military for their valuable contribution, recalled that the collaboration between SNA and AMISOM for preventing and controlling the COVID-19 epidemic has so far worked successfully.
“The partnership between AMISOM and the United States Civil Affairs Unit to support this community with protective gear against COVID-19 is greatly appreciated,” Lt. Abdihakim said.
Since March, the market has been a ghost town to the chagrin of traders.
“We are delighted that the market is reopening soon. I express my gratitude to AMISOM, the Somali government and other partners for their support and for equipping us with protective equipment against COVID, ”said Mohamed Daqane, who runs a clothing store. at the marine market.