ETHIOPIA: Employing Tech Essential to Expand Health Service – Deputy Premier

September 2015 TheEthiopianHerald; The establishment of the Trauma Centre would enable ALERT contribute its share in saving the lives of emergency service seekers particularly car accident which needs the attention of all.

Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that in order to sustain and improve the health service, which he said, has registered improvement over the past decade, the sector is expected to employ latest technologies in its service.

Demeke was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Alert Poly Trauma Centre of the All-Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center (ALERT) here yesterday.

According to Demeke, in spite of the improvements in the health sector, it is essential to work and expand the service across the country. However, he added that the establishment of the Trauma Centre would enable ALERT contribute its share in saving the lives of emergency service seekers particularly car accident which needs the attention of all.

Health Minister Dr. Kesete-Berhan Admasu said, the Centre will be helpful in treating those who seek emergency service due to injury from traffic accident and at construction sites.

He also underlined the need for expanding such centres in areas vulnerable to accident across the country. Meanwhile, the Minister said in the coming five years, Children’s Referral Hospital will be built in ALERT.

ALERT Medical Director Dr. Solomon Bussa said that the opening of the Centre eases the burden on other hospitals to treat patients seeking emergency service. He said, the Centre will have the capacity to handle emergency patients around ALERT Center area.

The Medical Director also said, the Centre is equipped with modern medical facility worth 5 million Birr. Since its day one service some two months back, the Centre treated 103 in and outpatients, Solomon said.

The Centre gives neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and general surgeries including other services.

 

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