The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) was visited yesterday the Community Concern Organization (COCO) offices including her Medical Center Hospital (MCH) in Hamar-jajab district in Mogadishu to observe the ongoing health services they do.
The Community Concern Organization (COCO) is defined as a voluntary, non -governmental, non-political, non-partisan and nonprofit making organization operating in Somalia. In which is commeted to promote peace, education and health development through awareness raising compaigns and traings with collaboration of relevant stakeholders to enhance social status in Somalia. The COCO Medical Center Hospital (MCH) is continuing to work volluntry based system and actually at sometimes supported by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and others. It is now doing diseases conditions control and prevention as well as distribution for free drugs through medical assessment.
The Secretary General of SOMESHA Mr. Daud Abdi Daud who is a professional science journalists in Somalia asked how they dealth with Malaria, Child transience issues and questions related to the cases of Gender based violence (GBV).
The Projects manager of COCO Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Ali and Mrs. Farhiya Hussein Hassan told SOMESHA reporters that COCO Medical Center Hospital (MCH) is continuing to do community awareness concerning the Gender Based Violence (GBV) similar with the HIV-Aids VCT programmes. They added as sexual violence affects thousands of people across the country, that the Community Concern Organization (COCO) acknowledges a responsibility to respond to the medical needs of people in situations of violence, abuse, and deliberate neglect. COCO focus is to reach the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and provide appropriate and timely medical and psychological care.
They also told SOMESHA reporters Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Sh.Aden and Daud Abdi Daud that the COCO aim is to increase access to quality treatment for survivors of sexual assault, who may develop medical and psychological complications. This includes treatment of physical injuries, prevention of HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and counselling for severe psychological problems. The COCO team, at the same time, is also raising awareness on the importance of provision of timely medical and psychosocial care in the community through health education and outreach activities.
All services are offered in a friendly, confidential and unbiased manner and will be provided free of cost. A team of doctors, nurses and counsellors are available round the clock.
The medical staff of the Community Concern Organization (COCO) are now looking for the Post Exposure Preventive (PEP-kit) Treatment in which is an emergency medical response for individuals exposed to the HIV virus. PEP Treatment consists of medication, laboratory tests and counselling. PEP Treatment is must be initiated within hours of possible HIV exposure and must continue for a period of approximately four weeks.