Where is the assessment of Puntland State performance in historical perspective? How to get out of “Madax-Ka-Nool Trap” in running Puntland State machinery? Where is commitment to reforms of Puntland public institutions and smooth delivery of public services? Where is commitment to solutions to fight systemic corruption and looting of public funds and resources?

A shining example of public corruption. I happen to visit Garowe General Hospital yesterday with a friend with broken shoulder. We had an x-ray done in a private clinic, Qaran Hospital in Garowe. We were referred to the General Hospital to consult with a Russian speaking orthopedic doctor. One of the options this doctor advised us is to wrap the patient’s broken should with a bandage to restrict the movement of the arm for a month long. Guess what happened next? There was no bandage to find in the entire Hospital.

Moreover, the expatriate Russian speaking doctor doesn’t speak English and the Hospital doesn’t have an interpreter there. I ended up acting as a Russian interpreter for the medical staff of Garowe General Hospital for the day as I speak fluent Russian. I found out that there is no a single dialisis machine in that hospital for patients with kidneys failure. That is why many Puntlanders are trapped permanently in Hargeisa or Mogadishu. This is an unacceptable situation.

In the end, I had to take my injured friend back to Qaran Hospital with the advice of the Russian orthopedic. 
Qaran medical staff were surprised to learn that the government hospital didn’t have a simple thing as a wrapping bandage. This is why Puntland patients go to Mogadishu or Hargeisa for their medical care. The sad situation is not exclusive to Garowe General Hospital. It is all embracing scenario in Puntland public service.

The Agenda of Puntland Consultative Conference should be addressing such abysmal situation in public services, necessary reforms and solutions to epidemic mal-administration and lack of over-sight and planning.

We cannot go on endlessly to point out all the problems people of Puntland are facing now, but now, one has the idea of what went wrong in the past 21 years of Puntland existence.



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“Political opening and opportunity for Federal Government and Federal Member States for negotiations to move Somalia forward”

This article turned out to be consistent with the objective of the Puntland Consultative Conference as pre-planned to strengthen the political position of President Deni, and of course, of Puntland, in their negotiations with the Federal Government.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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