28 April 2012

Ethiopia: Health Service System Accessible to Public - Ministry

Addis Ababa — Health service system is accessible to the public in all parts of the country, the Ministry of Health said.

Public Relations and communication Director with the Ministry, Ahmed Emano said at an awareness raising discussion organized for representatives of primary schools in five sub-cities on Tuberculosis here on Saturday that health service is accessible through health extension program.

Ahmed said 14,800 health posts and 2,800 health stations are providing services including prevention of Tuberculosis to the public in rural and urban areas.

About 38,000 health extension workers are deployed to the health facilities.

Currently, health service coverage has reached 90 per cent, Ahmed said, adding, the coverage will increase to 100 per cent through constructing 3200 health stations during the coming eight months.

He said stressed the need for strengthened awareness raising activities to prevent TB.

TB Care Ethiopia Program Coordinator, Dr. Berhanemeskel Assefa on his part gave briefing on TB control methods and the relation between TB and HIV.

TB Media Forum Event Organizing sub-committee chairperson, Gashaw Aycheluhm also said the form is exerting efforts to promote TB prevention methods in collaboration with representatives of educational and religious institutions, correction centers and associations engaged in transportation sector.

Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis (TB) Artist Fekadu Teklemariam on the occasion stressed the need to prevent TB in particular in institutions such as schools.

Representatives of primary schools drawn from Lideta, Akaki, Kirkos, Bole and NefasSilk Lafto sub-cities , the city health bureau and also education offices took part in the half day discussion organized in collaboration with the Ministry, TB Care Ethiopia and TB Media Forum.

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