Cooked Food for Patients

    The healthcare system of Somalia has been destroyed over the years by violence. The destruction of the public healthcare system means healthcare is now concentrated in the private sector.

    The deadly fighting has not been felt more than in the capital, Mogadishu. Only four hospitals in the city now remain: Banadir Hospital, Digfer Teaching Hospital, Martini Hospital and Madinah Hospital. These however are understaffed, underequipped and overcrowded.

    Thaubaan Radiallahu ‘anh reported that Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu ‘alaihi sallam, ‘When the Muslim visits his sick brother he never ceases to be in a garden of paradise until he returns.’ It was said, ‘What is its garden?’ He said: ‘Its fruits.’ - Sahih Muslim

    Following surveys, Ummah Welfare Trust learnt that many patients do not receive regular food in hospitals – food that is crucial for their rehabilitation. Cooked food programmes were initiated in Banadir Hospital and Madina Hospital in response. Each day now over 1000 patients and their attendees receive freshly cooked rice, meat and vegetables and some fruit.

    Madina Hospital

    Madina Hospital specialises in open surgery and treating war injuries. The hospital was initially a police hospital but in recent years, became open to the public. The hospital has 6 wards which are overcrowded. Increasing violence in the city and the casualties it brings means extra patients are being treated under the shade of trees in the hospital grounds.

    Ummah Welfare Trust has been providing cooked rice, meat, vegetables and some fruit to the Madinah Hospital’s patients since November 2011. Alhamdulillah over 450 patients and their attendees benefit from this service.

    Banadir Hospital

    When Ummah Welfare Trust fieldworkers entered this hospital, they saw women, children and the elderly waiting, almost lifelessly, in the grounds, on the hospital floors, on the stairs, in the corridors and wherever else they could find space. The sick and needy were on intravenous drips, forced to be treated on the stairs, on the floors and even in the yard.

    Banadir Hospital, though the main hospital in Mogadishu, receives no support from the incumbent government and relies strictly on the services of foreign NGOs. The hospital consists of 12 wards with each holding around 50 patients. More patients however can be found on the stairs and in the corridors.

    Alhamdulillah since November 2011, Ummah Welfare Trust has been providing patients of the hospital with freshly cooked rice, meat and vegetable and fruit. Over 650 patients and their attendees benefit from the programme in this hospital.

    Ummah Welfare Trust ask Allah to accept this project of helping our sick brothers and sisters. The advice of Allah’s Messenger Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam comes to mind, ‘Visit the sick, feed the hungry and set the captives free.’ (Sahih al-Bukhari)