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GERD saddle dam face slab construction completed

The face slab of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)’s saddle dam, which is a milestone in the entire project, is fully completed today. 

In an exclusive interview with ENA, saddle dam Civil Construction Inspection Head Engineer Girma Mengistu said on Thursday the upstream face of the saddle dam is now fully completed with over 14 million meter cube concrete embankment.

The completed upstream face of the saddle dam, particularly the face slab covers an area of more than 330,000 meter square, he pointed out. 

According to him, the saddle dam is 5.2 kilometers and has an average height of 50 meters. 

Engineer Girma added that completion of the saddle dam’s face slab will have paramount importance in accelerating the construction of the main project by shifting the workers from the saddle dam to GERD. 

He added that foundation treatment had earlier been accomplished to prevent any ‘possible underground water leakage and more than 30,000 plastic diaphragms have also been laid underground.  (ENA)

Ethiopia gets its first Labor Market Information System

Job Creation Commission on Tuesday announced that it has created the first Labor Market Information System that can help to digitally access One Stop Service Center.

Approached by The Ethiopian Herald, Yusef Sertse, Director of Integrated Data Analyzing with the Commission said that the system which holds relevant and accurate data of job seekers and job opportunities was created jointly with Master Card Foundation and other stakeholders.

He noted the Commission has been providing training for workers of One Stop Service Center with tablets in order to properly implement the system. Moreover, it has distributed tablets for 110 One Stop Service Centers located in Addis Ababa.

As to him, lack of valid data about market had opened doors for maladministration, and hindered job creation. However, the new system provides effective and efficient service for job seekers by ending false reporting.

He further indicated that the new system will address the problems with regards to false reporting and irrelevant data related to labor market. (The Ethiopian Herald)

Ethiopia launches essential health service package for five years

Essential Health Services Package (EHSP) of Ethiopia that aims to provide access for quality health services without any financial hardship regardless of age, ability to pay, economic status, and geographic location was launched on Wedensday.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Health Minister, Amir Aman (MeD) said defining the essential health service package of the country and identifying priority health interventions is one of the critical strategies.

He added that strengthening the health system and introducing new initiatives are vital to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

According to the minister, the Government of Ethiopia will continue to develop critical strategies that potentially lead to universal health coverage.

“We identified the most pressing health challenges and interventions deemed appropriate, affordable, and equitable to address health problems,” he said.

Amir also expressed his confidence that the EHSP will improve the efficiency of the entire health system and health service delivery while about USD 95.1 billion is needed to implement this and the next package within the next 10 years. (Walta)

Seoul opens a center for Ethiopian Korean War veterans

South Korea on Monday opened an assistance center in Ethiopia for Korean War veterans (1950-53).

Located in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the two-storey 712.8 square meter surface structure was built thanks to the contribution of a South Korean multinational.

Ethiopia was the only African nation to send ground troops in the conflict between the two Koreas. The Ministry says that of its 3,500 soldiers, 122 were killed and 536 were injured.

About 150 veterans are still alive. The service center in Ethiopia is the third of its kind to be built as part of a project with which South Korea wishes to express gratitude for the commitment and sacrifice of foreign soldiers. Seoul explains that the first plant of this type was established in Bangkok in 2014 and the second in Bogotà, Colombia, in 2017.

According to data provided by the South Korean government, during the war between North and South nearly two million UN soldiers (UN) and over three thousand doctors were sent to Korea. (Asia News)