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Indian company to establish eye care center in Ethiopia
Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) Pvt. Ltd., an Indian Company to establish an Eye Care Center in the premises of Zewditu Memorial Hospital in Ethiopia's capital.
The two-storey modern ophthalmology center will rest on a 2,000 square meters of land.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held here on Tuesday, President Girma Woldegiorgis said close to 1.3 million blind people live in Ethiopia. Most of them lost their sight since the cases are preventable.
The president said there is a severe shortage of health facilities and eye care specialists that offer medium and large scale services in the country. The ophthalmology center is expected to improve the service.
President Girma expressed gratitude to India’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Gurjit Singh and his spouse Neeru Singh on behalf of the people of Ethiopia for triggering OIA’s engagement in the health sector in the country.
The establishment of the eye care centre shows the ever- increasing people-to-people ties between Ethiopia and India, he said.
Speaking on his part, Addis Ababa City Administration Mayor, Kuma Demekissa said besides the Federal Hospitals, Menelik II and Ras Desta Damitew are the only hospitals in the city that offer medium and large scale eye care services.
The mayor on the occasion handed over land holding certificate to OIA.
Health State Minister, Dr. Kebede Worku said not more than 103 ophthalmologists are providing service across the nation, the majority of whom work in Addis Ababa, which is also home to the only two existing tertiary eye care units in the country.
The eye care centre to be established by OIA is expected to have a significant impact to address the problem.
The centre would also be a tremendous resource for strengthening the capacities of existing specialized eye care centers, he said.
OIA Chairman, Ambassador V.B.Soni on his part said the company will construct a state of the art eye care center, outpatient service with modern diagnostic facilities, minor and major operation theatres, inpatient services, and administrative offices.
The center will also be equipped with modern diagnostic, clinical and office equipment and furniture, he said.
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