Ethiopia has received 100 Syringe Pumps and Portable X-Ray Machines worth 478 million Birr from the government of Japan.
The handover ceremony has held on Tuesday. The donated medical equipment’s are going to be installed to hospitals and medical universities in 10 regions, and Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa city administrations, according to the Embassy of Japan in Addis Abeba.
ITO Takako, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, handed over the machines to Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health. The Ministry is responsible to transport and install the machines in the 10 university hospitals.
The procurement was made as part of an Exchange of Notes for the Grant Aid agreement for the Procurement of Health and Medical Equipment worth $13.6 million or approximately 478 million Birr.
Ambassador ITO explained that “100 Syringe Pumps (over $0.5 million or 23.8 million Birr approx.) and 15 Portable X-rays ($1 million or 49.2 million Birr approx.) has handed over to the Ministry of Health to be transported to 10 regions, Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa and installed to the designated hospitals and university hospitals. And 25 Portable Ultrasound Scanners will be transported here in the warehouse early November”.
She also explained her hope that the “equipment handed over today will contribute to further enhancing measures for the fight against infectious diseases in Ethiopia, including Covid-19, and strengthening the health care system”.
“The health sector is one of Japan’s priorities in terms of support for Ethiopia, and as a friend of this great country, it is our pleasure to be able to contribute to the health and well-being of the Ethiopian people,” Ambassador ITO added.
Concluding her remarks, Ambassador ITO hoped that “this handover ceremony will be another opportunity to further deepen friendship between the people of Japan and Ethiopia.”
This handover of medical equipment is a continuation of the August 2019 Yokohama TICAD-7 commitments to expand Universal Health Coverage and the African Health and Well-being Initiatives.