Ethiopia’s Health Minister Dr. Amir Aman and the Netherlands Ambassador Bengt van Loosdrech laid the cornerstone for a state of the art cardiac center to be built in the country. The cardiac center, first-of-its-kind in the country, will cost about forty-five million dollars and half of the cost will be covered by the Netherlands government.
During the laying of the cornerstone ceremony, Ambassador van Loosdrech, remarked that his country wanted to partner with Ethiopia to build the cardiac center, when it learned that more than ten thousand patients were on wait list to get cardiac treatment. He also mentioned that Philips, which is based in the Netherlands, will furnish state of the art medical equipment to the center.
The cardiac center is expected to be fully operational in two years time and will have 60 beds. The center will provide free medical service to about 35% of the patients who are low income.
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