Ethiopian hos­pi­tal adds new trauma and child­care cen­ters with Chi­nese as­sis­tance

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

TIRUNESH-BEI­JING Hos­pi­tal is the pride of Ad­dis Ababa. The state-of-the-art hos­pi­tal in the Ethiopian cap­i­tal is named af­ter Tirunesh Dibaba, an Ethiopian fe­male ath­lete who won two gold medals at the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics.

The hos­pi­tal was built, with the sup­port of the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment at a cost of $12.7 mil­lion, to pro­mote Ethiopia-china friend­ship.

Since its in­au­gu­ra­tion in 2012, lo­cated around 20 km south­east of Ad­dis Ababa, the hos­pi­tal pro­vides med­i­cal ser­vices to the pop­u­la­tion of Akaki-kality sub-city and neigh­bor­ing sub-cities as well as for other nearby towns in the Oro­mia Re­gional State. The hos­pi­tal mainly of­fers out­pa­tient, in­pa­tient and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices. Tirunesh-bei­jing Hos­pi­tal also serves as a base for Chi­nese med­i­cal teams from He­nan Prov­ince who come to the coun­try to share their ex­per­tise.

In Au­gust 2017, two new cen­ters were es­tab­lished at the hos­pi­tal with the as­sis­tance of the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment. The open­ing of the Emer­gency and Trauma Treat­ment Cen­ter and Ma­ter­nal and Child Health Care Cen­ter was held in the pres­ence of di­plo­mats and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from the two coun­tries.

This June, the Ethiopian parliament ap­proved a $13.8-bil­lion bud­get for the new fis­cal year, which be­gan in Au­gust this year and ends in June 2018. The health sec­tor is among the top six pri­or­ity sec­tors in this new bud­get.

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