Healthcare and health facilities are crucial for the survival of the human being and building the nation-states. This sector, which is very important is inadequately resourced. According to the 2013 Annual Report of the Somaliland Ministry of Health, there are only 984 health professionals across the country, of whom 111 are doctors, 41 are BS nurses, 745 are qualified nurses, 45 are professional midwives, and 42 are lab technicians.
The health service delivery should be ensured by establishing health care facilities, adequate and sustained provision of drugs and medical supplies, and adequate budget allocation to Somaliland citizens. Though Somaliland has made a significant progress in terms of policy and strategy and introduced a draft of the nation’s National Health Policy, this policy, however, has never benefited or focused in the health sectors both in the urban and the rural areas entirely.
Indeed, Somaliland has one of the lowest healthcare indicator in the region we are living today. This could be linked to the absence of implementation of policies and national strategies to overcome the health insecurities, both real and potential for the decades to come. For instance, Somaliland since 1991 became the dumping site for poor quality and outdated drugs, as well as hazardous medicines which claim the life and the health of thousands of Somaliland citizens. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the implementation of the policies in place and through the Somaliland Quality Control Agency, which still fails to expose to the public the health hazards associated with the poor quality and outdated drugs and food items that were dumped in Somaliland since 1991.