Somali TB Patients Left Without Drugs After Aid Agency Pull Out
October 1, 2001
TB patients in the southern Somali town of Jowhar complained last Wednesday that they had been left without medicines after the withdrawal of an Italian aid agency. The relief agency left Jowhar following a dispute with the regional administration headed by Mohamed Omar Habeb, a former member of Somalia's transitional parliament. "Inter-SOS gave us medicine to fight TB for free. The drugs are now either not available or unaffordable," said Mohamed Abdi, who spoke on behalf of about 200 TB patients in the town. "Generators and other properties belonging to Inter-SOS were looted, and the action prompted the agency to withdraw," a local elder, who asked not to be identified, told AFP.Adapted from:
Agence France Press
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