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    Ministry tightens measures to prevent Ebola virus

    Minister of Health, Amir Aman (MD), on Wednesday said that tightened measures are in place in Ethiopia to prevent the Ebola virus that occurred in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo.

    Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola crisis in the DR Congo a public health emergency of international concern.

    Ebola epidemic in DR Congo has killed over 1,600 people and more than 11,000 people in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

    Since Ethiopian Airlines flies to Congolese city of Goma seven days a week, preventive measures have been launched at four Ethiopian international airports and 33 border check points, he indicated.

    Necessary prevention measures are being made particularly at Somaliland, Sudan and South Sudan border checkpoints, the Minister noted.

    Ethiopia had previously deployed 200 health professionals to help Ebola response in West Africa and this would give the country a good experience to prevent the epidemic, he said.

    According to Amir, the government has allocated 250 million birr for prevention measures. (FBC)

    MIDROC inaugurates modern supermarket in Addis Ababa

    Named Queen’s Supermarket, a modern supermarket built with about 38 million birr at Kolfe Keranyo Sub-city in Addis Ababa, began operation with an inaugural ceremony that was held business inaugurated on Monday.

    Opening the Queen’s Supermarket, which is a member of MIDROC Technology Group, CEO Arega Yirdaw said the supermarket is of international standard and its annual sales is estimated at 75 million  birr.

    He stated that the supermarket has created 50 jobs.

    According to Arega, the supermarket has gas station, parking lot, bank, and car wash service.

    The installation of sufficient industrial ventilation fans to creates conducive shopping situations for customers, the availability of modern cold stores and sufficient and comfortable rest rooms for customers and employees are some of the unique features and amenities of Queen’s Supermarket at Keranyo Plaza, the CEO elaborated.

    Queen’s Supermarket was established to wholesale and retail all kinds of agro-industry products, agricultural products, seafood, personal care and detergents, canned products beverages and manufactured merchandises, it was learned. (ENA)

    Ethiopia, US conclude military medical readiness drill

    A US military medical team and Ethiopian medical professionals on Thursday concluded their joint medical exercise at the Armed Forces Comprehensive Specialized Hospital.

    The 18 member U.S team comprises surgeons, anesthesiologist, emergency room personnel, obstetricians and gynecologists, dentists, primary care and public health professionals, it was indicated.

    At the conclusion of the three-week long joint medical exercise mission today, Team Leader Kelly A. Murray (Col.) told ENA that members of the joint teamt have had the privilege to work alongside for the past few weeks.

    “For the past three weeks, my medical team has been here working with our Ethiopian partners. For us this was incredibly important relationship. We have learned from our Ethiopian medical counterparts some medical tactics and in turn shared our best medical techniques with them,” she said.  

    Murray expressed her hope that Ethiopia and US will deepen military medical exercise in the future.

    The closing ceremony of the military medical readiness exercise was held at the Hall of the Armed Forces Comprehensive Specialized Hospital. (ENA)

    Gov’t preparing Ethio-Eritrean trade agreements

    Preparation of trade agreements that could bring benefits to both Ethiopia and Eritrea is underway, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

    State Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemene and Aklilu Hailemichael (PhD), on Friday briefed journalists on the performance of MoFA’s last budget year, which ended July 7, 2019.

    Hirut said the Government is drafting legal documents that are beneficial for both nations.

    Regularizing trade between the two nations would help to further cement the exiting relations and economic benefits of the countries, the State Minister said.

    Ethiopia and Eritrea signed peace deal in July last year after nearly two decades of hostility.

    She further said Ethiopia, in partnership with Djibouti, Kenya and other neighboring countries, had carried out wide-ranging activities to maintain peace and promote regional integration, including for restoration of peace in Sudan

    Aklilu Hailemichael (PhD), for his part said Ethiopia had managed to carry out more economic diplomacy than its plan in the concluded budget year. (FBC)

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