Adama gets new regional laboratory

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Addis Ababa, February 1 (WIC) –A new regional laboratory built at a cost of 2.9 million US dollars in Adama town, Oromia State, was inaugurated yesterday. 

Dr Kebede Worku, State Minister for Health, Donald Booth, U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia and Abdulaziz Mohammed, Deputy President of Oromia State, attended the inauguration ceremony.

The regional laboratory constructed by the United State Department of State with technical assistance from CDC and with funding from PEPFAR will serve 6 million people, a statement issued by the US Embassy indicated.

The two-storey building laboratory is expected to increase health service and improve the lives of those in the region. It also serves as a training site for laboratory professionals on the diagnosis of HIV, TB, malaria, ART monitoring and quality management system.

Dr. Kebede, Ambassador Booth and Abdulaziz also broke ground on the construction of a new out-patient department (OPD) annex for Adama Hospital Medical College. The OPD annex will be constructed by PEPFAR at a cost of 4 million US dollars.

When completed, the OPD annex will have emergency units with examination rooms, a pharmacy and laboratory, and outpatient facilities.