MOGADISHU, Somalia (WNN) — Somalia has opened the country’s first public oxygen plant as the Horn of Africa nation, which has one of the world’s most vulnerable health systems to COVID-19.
An oxygen plant was installed at a hospital in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday. This is expected to produce 1,000 cylinders of oxygen in a week.
medical oxygen deficiency Response efforts in many African countries have suffered as the delta version of the coronavirus now accounts for the bulk of infections on the continent of 1.3 billion people.
Insecurity in Somalia poses an additional challenge to efforts to fight the pandemic. A COVID-19 ward recently set up at the hospital was partially destroyed in an attack by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group, which controls parts of Somalia and frequently targets the capital .
Part of the work surrounding the installation of the oxygen plant was focused on repairing that damage.
Somalia has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in Africa, and some measures have been implemented to slow the spread of the virus.
There are around 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, but more infections are unlikely as testing is not widespread. Of the country’s more than 15 million population, just 1% have been vaccinated.