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The Ethiopian government on Friday commended Chinese company Afei Holding Co., Ltd. for its support to Ethiopia’s healthcare provision.

The company on Friday handed over a renovated division of Ethiopia’s largest Tikur Anbesa (Black Lion) hospital, which the hospital management said will ease the service provision at the hospital.

Kebede Worku, Ethiopian State Minister of Health, said during the hand-over ceremony on Friday that the refurbished segment of the hospital “shows how supportive Chinese companies are to the people of Ethiopia.”

“The building was not functional for years and it was much depilated,” Worku said. “They renovated the building in a short period of time and we will soon bring some of the activities to this section,” he added.

Black Lion Hospital, the largest general public hospital in the East African country, is also an affiliate to the Addis Ababa University as a training center for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.

According to Yirgu Gebrehiwot, Director of College of Health Science, the refurbished division will host the pathology service, as it is one of the major divisions in the hospital.

Xiao Zhang, representative of Afei Holding Company Ethiopia branch, told Xinhua that the support, which costs over 6 million Ethiopian birr (close to 230,000 U.S. dollars), is one among the three divisions that are under renovation by the company inside the hospital.

In September, the company started the construction of the Addis Ababa Silk Road General Hospital in Addis Ababa, a privately-funded Chinese hospital considered the first of its kind in the East African nation.

The hospital, which will be built in two phases to have 600 beds, including 40 ICU beds, is under construction with a total investment of about 30 million dollars from Afei Holding Co., Ltd. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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