University constructing referral hospital

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Addis Ababa, 12 January 2014 (WIC) - The University of Gondar is constructing 1,000-bed referral hospital, expected to be inaugurated next June, at a cost of over 350 million birr. Upon completion, it will benefit over five million people in Gondar town and its environs, University President Prof. Mengesha Admasu said.

In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Prof. Mengesha said that apart from providing services for in- and out-patients, the university plans to open, among others, standard eye care and international fistula treatment and training centres.

The construction of the referral hospital is being undertaken with the joint efforts of various bodies—a four-storey building by the government and five-storey by Sheikh Mohammed Hussien Ali Al- Amoudi and US government support.

The construction of the hospital has created job opportunities for over 4,000 citizens, the President added.

Established in 1954 Gondar Public Health College and Training Centre with the mission of supplying middle level health professionals who could run a network of heath centres across the country. It is the country's oldest medical training institution.

“ We have been serving our country since 1954 and we will continue to make sure our service is passing down to generations as a legacy,” Prof. Mengesha said. (EH)

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