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Ethiopia: MoH hails NGOs role in assisting gov’t’s health policy, strategy

Jimma, – The Ministry of Health (MoH) said non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders need to play active role in the efforts being exerted to efficiently implement the prevention based government’s health policy and strategy.

State minister of health, Dr. Kebede Worku made the remark while inaugurating a modern Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention and control training center built by Colombia University with 700,000 USD in Jimma University.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kebede said that the participation of NGOs in the efforts underway to prevent the speared of communicable diseases have borne encouraging results over the past four years.

The state minister further said that NGOs and stakeholders are assisting government’s efforts to deploy sufficient number of health extension workers in each kebeles of the country as well as implementing government’s health policy and strategy.

Dr. Kebede said the ministry would provide the necessary support to the NGOs and stakeholders to further scale up their efforts.

Jimma University Research and Academic Vice President Dr. Abebaw Gashaw on his part said that the one-storey building comprises information center, library, training rooms, meeting hall, x-ray and internet rooms.

According to Dr. Abebaw, the center could benefit 10 million residents in south-west part Ethiopia.
Colombia University Ethiopia’s Coordinator, Dr. Zenebe Melaku on his part said that the university jointly with the ministry would offer capacity building training for 53 health institutions in Oromiya, Somali, Harrari states and Dire Dawa administration so as to improve health service of the country.
Dr. Zenebe made pledges to install videoconference equipments to Adama and Jimma hospitals soon.

(WIC)