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Shashemene Referral Hospital gets new outpatient wing

Shashemene Referral Hospital gets new outpatient wing

Ethiopia’s biggest partner in development, the United States government, through its Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with the funding from the George W. Bush era legacy project,“the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),”has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art outpatient department within the Shashemene Referral Hospital.

The new addition is to be a maternity ward and an emergency unit with operation facilities which was inaugurated at a cost of USD 3.6 million. It is the latest investment made on behalf of the US government within Ethiopia in the last month. The US has been an advocate of the slew of reforms undertaken by the new government and is Ethiopia’s biggest booster of its healthcare system and a major donor in areas of HIV/AIDS.

The unit was built inside the 1800 square meter facility and handed to the Oromia Regional Health Bureau on Wednesday in the presence of Amir Aman (MD), Ethiopia’s Health Minister, and Michael A. Raynor, the US ambassador to Ethiopia.

“The wonderful occasion we’re celebrating this morning is a small reflection of the strong commitment of the US to invest in all the capacity of all the Ethiopian people to achieve their aspiration for an inclusive, democratic and prosperous future,” the Ambassador said adding, “One of the areas where we’ve made a particularly big commitment and an enormous amount of progress is in healthcare because, no country can succeed without a healthy population.”

According to the hospital, the newly constructed wing is to have a spacious area for ultra-sound, waiting rooms, operation and maternity rooms; and is to serve an area to treat and care for HIV/AIDS patients. It will also have an integrated “family planning, voluntary counseling and testing, antiretroviral therapy and antenatal care for prevention of mother to child transmission.” 

The hospital is the biggest medical center in the area that has a population of 8 million people from the surrounding Oromia and Southern Regional States.