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Strokes on the rise in Somalia

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Surgeons stitch up a patient after an operation at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Surgeons stitch up a patient after an operation at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Tobin Jones/CC/Wikimedia Commons
By: Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu
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In light of World Stroke Day, doctors in the war torn country of Somalia say, the disease has taken its toll on citizens due to several reasons including stress and fear relating to periodic instability caused by the militant Islamist group Al Shebab, along with the consumption of a semi-narcotic leaf known as Khat. Our correspondent Mohamed Sheikh Nor reports from Mogadishu.