ADDIS ABABA – The French embassy partnered with the EU and the Ministry of Health to deliver medical equipment to Dessie Hospital in the Amhara region.
“This first medical equipment handover will strengthen health recovery initiatives in Ethiopia,” said the French embassy in a statement.
The Dessie Comprehensive Specialized Hospital was forced to cease providing services last year after its equipment and facilities were completely looted or destroyed during the war in the north last year.
The facility resumed services with the support of St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Ministry of Health’s initiative that formed alliances between war-Hit hospitals and supporting federal hospitals for restoration works.
The French embassy and EU mission are now implementing a 5 million euros project to support the ongoing restoration works at the health facility in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Amhara Region’s Health Bureau.
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“This joint initiative will seek to promote the resumption of essential service provision for conflict-affected communities in Ethiopia,” said the embassy.
On Wednesday, the initiative handed over the first batch of medical equipment in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Health, EU Ambassador Roland Kobia, and French Ambassador Rémi Marechaux.
The medical supplies include Centrifuges, scalers, craniotomies, hysterectomies, laryngoscopes, tracheostomies, vascular, sterilizers, stethoscopes, and tonometers.
“This first delivery, which will be followed by others and rehabilitation works in the coming months, will contribute to providing Dessie’s hospital with the necessary equipment to relaunch the provision of essential health care,” said the French embassy.
The eight-decade-old Dessie Hospital provides healthcare services to more than 500,000 patients annually from surrounding areas and Tigray and Afar regional states.
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