11 July 2018

Ethiopia: Ministry Strengthens Emergency Medical Response

ADDIS ABABA- Ministry of Health said that it has been executing consolidated efforts to enhance the quality and accessibility of country's emergency health delivery.

This was revealed when the Ethiopian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology held its 13th annual general meeting at Sheraton Addis Hotel here yesterday.

During the occasion, Health Minister Dr. Amir Amin said that the Ministry is partnering with relevant stakeholders to improve the quality of emergency responses.

Dr. Amin noted that the Ministry has been built various trauma centers and introduced modern technological outputs in orthopedics services including helicopter air lift.

An emergency response team would start giving services in next week in 11 places across the country, he added.

The Minister praised the quick service orthopedic health professionals and health officers offered for victims of the recent bomb blast in Mesquel Square, Addis Ababa.

Dr. Biruk L. Wamisho, Orthopedics Department Head at Addis Ababa University said on his part that despite few in number, the professionals have made great jobs in save the lives of many citizens in the recent attack and accidents.

Dr. Biruk, who is also President of Ethiopian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, stated that the professionals are also hugely engaged to improve service delivery in the bid to save more lives.

Currently, orthopedics specialty is offered in four universities namely Addis Ababa University, Mekele University, Bahir Dar University and Jimma University. According to Dr. Biruk, preparations have been finalized to provide the course in Hawassa University in next year.

The conference would stay open for two days with scientific and medical exhibition.

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