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Somali government increases education and health budget

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Nov 1st, 2019
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This article by: Ali Abdi Ali Hoshow
Senior diplomat and head of the press and public relations section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
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  • Improving higher education and health is very important in Somalia.

The Federal Government of Somalia announced on Thursday (31 October, 2019) that it increased its budget in 2020, especially in the implementation and development of educational and health services in the country.

The Somali Council of Ministers approved at its weekly session chaired by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire the annual budget of 2020, which is $ 469.5 million, the highest percentage of previous budgets.
Somalia is recovering security, political and economic despite the lack of much since the collapse of the central government on January 26, 1991.

If there is no apparent interaction from the Ministries of Health and Education in the quality of their work, these funds will not be a hope for the Somali people.

A) The Ministry of Health and Human Services must draw up a tight plan to stop the miserable trade in the medical profession, which has become a serious scourge and crime which Somalis are still suffering from physical and moral injuries sustained during receptions, consultations or operations.

The Ministry should consider reorganizing its work to terminate work permits for all so-called inexperienced doctors, whether Somali or foreign, and to close all so-called centers, hospitals or pharmacists subject to unqualified persons, and also to ensure the validity of medicines imported from abroad. If the Ministry of Health cannot implement such a system in full coordination and concert with provincial governments in the country as a reason for the lack of sufficient expertise for its cadres, such a situation could suggest Somalia to cooperate and partner with countries such as Germany, India, China and Australia. These friendly countries have succeeded their federal health institutions in managing more complex matters to ensure the safety of the lives of their people so as not to be a game traded.

B) The Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education should develop a very complete plan to stop the miserable trade in the higher education profession, which has become a scourge and a serious crime that is depleting Somali human resources and energy. Dealing, fighting and disposing of such a thorny issue requires deep consultation to build the nation’s mentality of nationalism, service and devotion to avoid tribalism and destructive terrorist ideas that promote cheating in higher education to obtain certificates that do not carry any sense of science, thought and understanding. Claiming such a certificate holder as a respected intellectual and scholar is considered a weak moral farce and the biggest lie a person tells of himself.

The Ministry should consider reorganizing its work to terminate work permits for all so-called inexperienced professors and teachers, whether Somali or foreign, and to close all so-called centers, universities or schools subject to persons who have no qualification in teaching basic and higher education and also to ensure the validity, authenticity and references of the higher degree certificates when recruiting, whether issued from home or abroad. If the Ministry of Higher Education cannot implement such a system in concert with the provincial governments of the country as a reason for the lack of sufficient expertise of its cadres, such an event may suggest Somalia to cooperate and partnership with countries such as Germany, India, China and Australia. These friendly countries have succeeded their federal educational institutions in managing more complex matters to ensure quality control and help develop ideas for the advancement of innovation and creativity through opportunities for free, comprehensive and equal lifetime education for all.

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