Ethiopian hospital adds new trauma and childcare centers with Chinese assistance
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.