Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

Turkish staff members leave Somalia after order

The staff members of the Turkish-run Deva hospital began on Friday to leave Somalia following an order from Somali federal government.

The general director of Deva hospital Dr Mohamed Al Berto told Radio Shabelle that they are unhappy to depart from Mogadishu and stop giving medical assistance to the needy Somalis.

“We have come to Somalia in a critical time of humanitarian crises in 2011, to help our Somali bothers and give them a medical support,” Dr Mohamed said.

He said Deva hospital was shut and they the medical workers were ordered to leave Somalia within a week by Somali government after the failed military coup in Turkey last weekend.

“I have been in Mogadishu for 4 years, as a medical doctor serving at the Turkish-run Deva hospital in Mogadishu, I used to help people who were in dire need of medical support,” he added.

A Turkish urologist Dr Halim Yilmas was among those left Mogadishu on Friday, and he told Radio Shabelle before his departure that all staff members are very sorry about the Somali government decision.

Last Saturday, the cabinet ministers of Somalia ordered Turkish staff members of Nile Academy to leave Somalia in a week’s time, associating with Fathullah Gullen linked with the failed military coup in Turkey.

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