Somalia: Free Ambulance Appeals for $6454 to Clear Impounded Vehicles.

Ambulance Appeal for $6454

Two free ambulances from AAmin ambulance have been in the hands of Mogadishu seaport. This is because of the accumulated parking charges of $6454.

” Two of our newly donated ambulances gave been impounded in Mogadishu port because of accrued charges. We are requesting everyone to help us pay the parking penalties of $6454,” an appeal posted on twitter by the AAmin ambulance management read.

This AAmin is the only outfit in Somalia that offers free ambulance services. The staffs are usually among the first responders to attacks by the terrorists. They have on several occurrences been quoted on casualty figures by news agencies. 

The company has been getting closure threats because of a lack of funds. This incident is not the first one to appeal for funds in 2017, and the citizens had to raise funds after the deadly attack, which left many lives dead. During this exercise, they raised $33000.

Closure fears

In 2018, the founder of AAmin ambulance, Abdulkadir Adan, yet another time, talked of the closure. He said the service largely depends on donors. The funds mainly come from Somalia’s who are in the diaspora, medical students, and businesspeople.

“Our free ambulance services may stop because of financial constraints. It is on this service that people rely directly or indirectly upon. When there is an attack, we will come to the scene to save the wounded.”

Mr. Abdulkadir, who is a dentist by profession, created this service ten years ago. The aim was to overcome the ambulances shortages in Mogadishu. Using his own money $4200, he made the first Ambulance out of a minibus.

He further explains the reason a hard situation. “the number of beneficiaries of this service has increased significantly, and therefore the costs too, and we do not generate any income with this service.” 

Reaction to Closure Threats

People who have enjoyed the services are expressing their worry for the intended closure. Mr. Feisal Mohamed Rashid said that if Aamin dies, Somalia will die too. He continues to say that the Aamin ambulance does so much so it can save lives.

 He continued to say that the services are offered anywhere in the cities, regardless of where the incident is. The only hope for the less fortunate is AAmin ambulance as they can’t afford the paid ambulances. Only wealthy people can afford those paid ambulance services are there in the city.

The history of AAmin Ambulance services

The AAmin ambulance is a free ambulance service operating 24 hours daily. It is the only semi-public ambulance service available in Somalia. Started by professionals, the team has 19 ambulances with 38 nurses, drivers, and paramedics. 

AAmin Ambulance is a registered entity under the supervision of the board of directors. It also has its management staff and board of directors. Their role includes response and recovery, and community prevention. 

They respond to minor injuries calls, accidents, illness to an explosion, and complications related to pregnancy.