(Berbera, The Torch ) Outside the port City of Berbera on the North lies a large modern building complex in total ruins. This deplorable site is Berbera Hospital. Built by the Soviet Union in the 1970s as a military hospital providing healthcare to the Soviet military personal stationed in the Central Command base in Berbera as well as the Somali Army at the time, this medical facility was indeed one of the best equipped and technologically most advanced healthcare provisions in the country, benefited both by civilian and the military.
During SNM campaign against the former dictatorial regime of Siyad Barre, this hospital maintained sufficient level of service provision, in particular the orthopaedic department was still functional and offered treatments to injured soldiers..
In 1991 when SNM combatants finally overthrew Siyad Bare and took over the country, the hospital remained almost in tact and continued serving the public with limited services. However, since Somaliland declared independence from Somalia, this crucial healthcare facility was declining gradually and eventually ceased operations.
Today Berbera Hospital serves as a make-shift home for migrating birds and other wild life animals. The current structure of the Hospital clearly shows the appalling state of disrepair , which is a manifestation to the fact that the people living in Berbera have no access to appropriate healthcare and must travel to other cities such as Hargeisa, 170 km west in order to receive even the most basic medical treatments they require.