By: Farrah Mohumed
LASANOD–Vice President of Somaliland, Abdirahman Sayli’i has handed over medical supplies to Tukaraq Maternal Health Center today. The VP paid a short visit to Tukaraq a town in the east of Sool region ever since Somaliland’s armed forces have taken control from its arch rival militias backed by Puntland.
The American Refugee Committee (ARC) first donated the medical supplies which was aimed at preventing diarrhea related diseases in the town, is the first of its kind as Somaliland government is doing all it can to help residents to have access to basic social needs. Traditional leaders in the town have had the chance to tell the real needs of the town as the VP has had the opportunity to listen to their gripes. The residents have accused militia soldiers which used to collect taxes as an exploitation and have not done anything for the town. The taxes were used to carry out development projects in Garowe and Bosaso in Puntland.
The VP and the minister for water affairs have promised to deal with the grievances made by the residents. The VP has further said that the government will rebuild the school in the town and new Maternity Child Health Center.