Oromia building health facilities with $30mln

Addis Ababa, November 25, 2017 (FBC) – The construction of hospitals and health stations is underway in Oromia regional state at a cost of 800 million birr (close $30 million).

Dr Dereje Duguma, head of the state’s health bureau, said the health institutions are aimed at improving access to health services of residents of the state.

More than 120 hospitals and health stations, whose construction commenced last Ethiopian fiscal year, will go operational this fiscal year (2017/18), he stated.

Dr Dereje further said the construction of 122 first level hospitals and health stations is being carried out in the newly established zones and woredas (districts), including in pastoral areas.

Once completed, the health facilities will raise the regional state's health coverage to 98 percent, according to the bureau head.

In addition to expanding health institutions, the bureau is supplying medicines and furnishing health facilities with the necessary equipment at a cost of 300 million birr (more than $11 million), Dr Dereje said.

The number of health institutions in the regional state increased from only 2,500 to 8,000, 66 of which are hospitals, over 1, 450 are health stations and the remaining are health posts.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat