The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has commissioned and handed over a clinic for the Somali Police Force in the Bay region, in support of efforts to ensure improved access to healthcare by the police and the community in general.
The ceremony was attended by officials from AMISOM including the Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo, Mr. Christopher Ogwang Aria, AMISOM Civil Affairs Officer, senior officers from AMISOM and Somali Police Force, local administrators and community leaders.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Bay Region Police Commissioner Ibrahim Moalim Kutub, say the clinic was indeed a big boost for the police and community in general.
“Today is a special day for us; we have reopened a clinic for the Somali Police Force in Baidoa. AMISOM Police handed over the clinic to us. We are expecting this clinic to serve the people of Baidoa and Police Force.”
AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo said support from AMISOM to the SPF extends beyond the training to ensuring better welfare for the officers as well.
“Today we have come here to specifically open this clinic. This is one of the stabilization projects undertaken by AMISOM, to help stabilize recovered areas. As AMISOM, we not only train the police but we also look at the health of the police officers. It is very important, it’s the reason why we renovated this police clinic,” she said.
The AMISOM Stabilization and Early Recovery working group handed over the police clinic to Somali Police Force (SPF) and the local administration, which forms part of the quick impact projects implemented by AMISOM in the region.