A rise in covid-19 diagnoses has been recorded among residents of Helsinki’s Somali-speaking community. Close to 200 cases have been identified to date, which translates to 1.8 percent of the Somali community in the capital, compared with the 0.2 percent average among all of Helsinki’s residents. In light of this recent worrying trend, the City of Helsinki and HUS hospitals have stepped up their efforts to prevent further contagion.
The City of Helsinki and the metropolitan area hospital network HUS have monitored the reported spread of the coronavirus in Stockholm’s Somali-speaking communities closely, but until recently, it appeared that Helsinki was not experiencing a similar trend. Now however, the rate of infections among Helsinki’s Somali-speaking community has quickly begun to rise.
Members of minority-language communities have been taken into consideration in the response to the coronavirus crisis. Both the City of Helsinki and HUS hospitals have produced and distributed information in several languages, as well as made multilingual instructions available on their websites and at their service locations. Among other things, the material explains how to avoid close contact, stay at home in quarantine, and what to do if someone suspects they might be infected. Information has also been shared with day care centres and schools, as well as via youth counsellors engaging in outreach work.
Doctors, nurses and other professionals from the minority-language communities have been included in efforts to track the rate of infection in Helsinki, in order to better understand the spread of covid-19 and the reasons behind the chain of infection.
Despite these measures, however, the number of infections within these communities – and the Somali-speaking community in particular – has continued to grow.
“I find the recent spread of infection among minority-language communities very worrying. The situation demands enhanced teamwork, continued development of multilingual services and effective targeted communications. We have entered into discussions with the Finnish Somali League about new measures to improve the situation. We also need to boost our cooperation within the entire metropolitan area, as this situation is most likely not limited to Helsinki,” says Helsinki’s Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.
“HUS has previously identified the need to clarify our communications and reach out to the immigrant communities. We have increased the amount of material that is available in various languages and formats, video included. It is of paramount importance that communications and advice are available to everyone in Finland, by the means that reach them best,” says HUS’ CEO Juha Tuominen.
The City of Helsinki will talk about this topic and the resulting measures in more detail during the Mayor’s Info on Tuesday, 14 April at 5 pm, available as a live stream on the City of Helsinki’s online video service Helsinki-kanava. HUS CEO Juha Tuominen will join the Mayor in the broadcast.
This same news article in somali language:
Luuqadda soomaliga dadka ku hadlo cudurka korona wuu ku soo siyaadey magaalada Helsinki
Cudurka korona la dhaho dadka luuqadda soomaliga ku hadlo wuu ku soo siyaadey wax badan. Ilaa iyo hadda 200 oo qof ayaa laga haley cudurka. Soomalida hadaa loo fiiriyo boqolkiiba 1,8 ayaa cudurka ku dhacey. Markaa loo barbar dhigo dadka Helsinki dhegan waxaa ka xanuustey bogolkiiba 0,2. Magaalada Helsinki iyo HUS aad ayey oga welwelsanyihiin arintaan soo sicaadey, waxeyna adkeynaayaan kahortaga cudurka
Helsinki iyo isbitaalka HUS waxey la socdeen magaalada Stockholm soomaalida dhegan suu cudurka ugu faafey. Awal Helsinki luguma arkin intuu cudurka qeyb dadka ka mid ah saan ugu faafaayo laakiin hadda wuu ku soo batey bulshada.
Dadka luuqadaha lagada tirada badanyahey ku hadlo waa la tixgeliyey markaa la dhaaweynaayo cudurka. Helsinki iyo HUS waxey diyaariyeen macluumaad oo luuqada kala dhuwan lugu bixinaayo. Macluumaadkaan waxaa lugu soo qorey interneetka waxaana lagu qeybiyey magaalada xafiisyaasheeda sey dadka iskaaga jiraan xidiidhka dhow, u yaqaanaan intey guriga isku xiraan iyo waxey sameynaayaan hadii ey iska shakiyaan intey cudurka qabaan. Macluumaadka cudurka koronada ku saabsan waxaa lugu sheegey xataa iskoollada iyo xanaanada. Arintaan waxaa gudbineysay xataa dalinyarada dadka la shaqeeyaan.
Helsinki gudaheeda, raadinta cudurka ayaa sidoo kale lagu soo daray xirfad kale oo luqadaha laga tirada badan yahay dad ku hadlo ey ku jiraan, sida dhakhaatiirta iyo kalkaaliyeyaasha caafimaadka. Saas aawadheeda waxaa loo fahmikaraa maxaadhacey uu cudurka u siyaadaayaa una faafaayaa.
In kasta oo tallaabooyinka la qaaday, gaar ahaan kuwa ku hadla af-Soomaaliga ku saabsan,
tirada cudurrada maalmahaan wey kordhayn.
“Waxaan aad uga walaacsanahay faafitaanka cudurka ee maalmahaan dadka luuqadaha laga tirada badan yahay kuhadlo ku faafey. Xaaladda waxay u baahan tahay wadashaqeynta jilayaal kala duwan, horumarinta dheeri ah ee adeegyada luqadaha badan iyo isgaarsiin wanaagsan. Hada waxaan wada hadalo la yeelanaynaa Somaliliitto sidaa u keenno tallaabooyin cusub oo lagu hagaajinayo xaaladda. Waxaa sidoo kale looga baahan yahay halkan wadashaqeynta deegaanka magaalomadaxda oo dhan, maadaama xaaladdu aysan ku koobnayn Helsinki oo keliya, ” Duqa magaalada Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori ayaa yidhi.
“HUS waxay horey u aqoonsatay baahida loo qabo in la xoojiyo wada xiriirka iyo waxqabadka ku wajahan bulshooyinka ajanabiga ah. Si ka duwan ayaan u kordhinay luqadaha iyo qaababka aan u bixineeno macluumaadka oo ay ku jiraan fiidiyooyin. Waa mid muhiimad gaar ah leh warka isgaarsiintiisa iyo taloda qofkasta oo Finland dhegan intuu soo gaaro sikasto uu u soo gaarikaro,” ayaa yiri agaasimaha isbitaalka HUS Juha Tuominen.
Magaalada ayaa ka warbixin doonta faahfaahin dheeraad ah oo ku saabsan mowduuca iyo talaabooyinkiisa talaadada 14. Abriil saacadu markay tahay 5 pm macluumaadka duqa magaalada oo kasoo galaayo kanaalka Helsinki. Martina waxaa u ah Juha Tuominen oo agaasime u ah isbitaalka HUS.