22 January, 2014
Somaliland:Visiting American Doctors to Provide Training on Medical Illness
By Goth Mohamed Goth
The founder of Hargeisa Neurology Center Essa Kayd accompanied by a group of three American doctors who are is currently visiting the country on a four day visit and led by Dr. David C. Henderson who is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Essa and his team of visiting American Doctors will during the duration of their stay in the country will conduct studies, evaluation and assessments plans and to provide training to Doctors and medical workers on researching and collecting data, giving medications, and or treatments, intervening in emergencies, providing group therapy and will also be visiting the various medical institution which deal mental disease including the ministry of health.
The Director of the Hargeisa Neurology Center Dr. Hassan speaking to us said, “On behalf of my fellow doctors and those at the center we welcome the visiting doctors, we hope to learn more from each other regarding by sharing our experiences in dealing with the illness which is a serious and also debilitating disease which is costly and expensive to treat, especially in poor countries such as Somaliland that lack adequate healthcare system.
Cases of post-stress traumatic syndrome have increased in Somaliland mainly because there has been a breakdown healthcare system and since the fall of the Siad Barre government in 1991, coupled with economical hardship, displacement and the daily uncertainty and violence in an impoverished environment, he said.
Chaining mentally ill Patients is a common Sight in Somaliland
The clinic which is a joint investment between Essa Kayd and his associates has since its inception been offering specialized treatment to patients suffering from an array of mental illnesses such as psychosis, mood disorders, substance abuse, depression, neurosis and epilepsy.
Essa Kayd is the Chief Neurodiagnostic Specialist at Brigham and Women Hospital a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School has been awarded the 16th annual Partners in Excellence Award for his outstanding community contributions. Mr. Kayd has traveled to several East Africa countries to help train other technologist and physicians on performing Neuro-diagnostic studies for their patients. Essa Kayd won the award after his colleagues nominated him for his exemplary performance and for contributions “above and beyond the call of duty”.