Bishoftu Hospital Inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Bishoftu – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the Defense Specialized Referral Hospital today in Bishoftu, a key development in the Oromia region’s healthcare infrastructure. This hospital is equipped with specialized medical departments including a molecular laboratory, a bone densitometry center, and departments for neurology, pulmonology, and dialysis.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, who shared details on his social media page, the new facility stands out as one of the nation’s leading hospitals. It represents a significant achievement in healthcare, reflecting the government’s commitment to advancing medical services and facilities as part of broader national health improvements.

Bishoftu Hospital Inauguration Marks Shift in Ethiopian Health Policy

BISHOFTU, Ethiopia — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the Defense Specialized Referral Hospital today, marking a significant advancement in health services for both military and civilian populations in the Oromia region. During the ceremony, Ahmed highlighted the facility’s dual role in providing care and reducing the need for overseas medical treatment.

According to Ethiopian News Agency, the new hospital represents a culmination of efforts that span over three decades, emphasizing the national reforms that have taken place. He credited the Ministry of Defense for their pivotal role in bringing the project to fruition. The hospital is expected to lead by example in various sectors including agriculture, industry, and construction, as the country aims to bolster self-sufficiency and reduce foreign dependency for health services.

Abiy also urged professionals working abroad to return and contribute to their homeland, stressing the potential impact on national development and citizen welfare. The completion of this hospital, built to high standards, is intended to curtail government officials’ trips abroad for medical treatments, promoting local alternatives instead.

The prime minister also took the opportunity to shift the focus of the country’s health policy from prevention to treatment, expressing hope that more facilities like this would emerge across Ethiopia. This strategic pivot is aimed at reducing costs associated with overseas medical care and redirecting funds towards domestic development initiatives.

Interior Secretary Praises Church Contributions to Health and Education in Kisumu

KISUMU, Kenya — During an event at Migosi Adventist Church, Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Raymond Omollo commended the church’s significant contributions to education and health sectors in Kenya.

According to Kenya News Agency, the church has been instrumental in complementing government efforts by establishing schools and health facilities across the country. These institutions have played a pivotal role in enhancing the welfare of Kenyans, he noted during his address at the church’s 10th alumni anniversary. The Principal Secretary highlighted the importance of the church’s involvement in not only spiritual nourishment but also in promoting peaceful coexistence through various programs.

Dr. Omollo also acknowledged the church’s contribution to national security through its moral teachings and economic empowerment programs. He affirmed the government’s commitment to continue partnering with religious organizations to strengthen these initiatives and foster national unity.

The event also served as a reunion for alumni who have benefited from the church’s educational programs, with Dr. Omollo emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community and inspiring the younger generation.

Gourcy Community Medical Center Hosts Open Days to Promote Health Services

Gourcy, Zondoma – The Gourcy community medical center recently opened its doors to the local population with a series of open days from May 9 to 11, 2024, offering free consultations and health screenings to increase awareness of its services.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the medical director of the center, the initiative was designed to enhance community health engagement and disease prevention. The center provided free screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and hepatitis B, and offered consultations in various specialties including general medicine, ophthalmology, and ENT among others.

The open days also included radio broadcasts and film screenings led by specialist doctors to educate the community on preventive measures for chronic diseases. Fatimata Sawadogo, a resident of sector 2 in Gourcy, expressed gratitude for the free medical consultation she received, reflecting the positive reception from the community. Many attendees awaited their turn in tents set up for the event to access the health services provided.

The Gourcy community medical center, which opened in November 2018, provides a wide range of medical services daily and operates 24 hours a day. It features departments for medical imaging, an analysis laboratory, an operating theater, and hospitalization rooms. Specialized care in gynecology-obstetrics, cardiology, pulmonology, and other fields is available, alongside periodic free treatments for noma cases.

The initiative drew the attention of the High Commissioner of Zondoma province, Aboubacar Sidiki Nabé, who visited the center during the event. He commended the efforts of the center’s staff and encouraged the public to heed the advice of the medical specialists, affirming the value of such initiatives for community health.

Polio Vaccination Campaign Kicks Off in Léraba

SINDOU, Burkina Faso — The Léraba province launched a significant health initiative against poliomyelitis on Friday, May 10, 2024, led by Yéonviel Somé, the secretary general of the province. This health drive, conducted at the urban CSPS of Sindou, the capital of Léraba, integrates polio vaccinations with malnutrition screening for children aged zero to five years and is scheduled to run until Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the chief health district doctor of Sindou, this local commencement is aimed at maximizing outreach and addressing vaccination hesitancy among the population, with the backing of local authorities. The 2023 statistics for the Sindou district indicated only suspicious cases of poliomyelitis, with all samples testing negative. Dr. Ouattara emphasized the ongoing surveillance for poliomyelitis and the prioritization of certain health sites for focused monitoring. Yéonviel Somé urged the women and heads of households in Léraba to welcome health workers into their communities to ensure the success of the vaccination and screening efforts.