Adama February 1/2013 A regional laboratory constructed in Adama Town, Oromia State at a cost of 60 million Birr, with the support of the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was inaugurated on Thursday.
The laboratory is expected to perform comprehensive laboratory activities including HIV, malaria, TB cultures, improved diagnosis for diseases and viruses through advanced techniques and provide External Quality Assurance services.
Speaking on the occasion, Health State Minister, Dr. Kebede Worku said the laboratory will provide comprehensive service for six million people.
He said it will serve as a model for seven laboratories to be constructed in other regional states.
US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Booth on his part said the laboratory will contribute to the prevention centered health policy of Ethiopia.
He said it is expected to transform the health research and laboratory capacity building as well as monitoring activities one step ahead.
The Ambassador said PEPFAR has allocated more than 70 million Birr for the construction of new outpatient ward and medical school at Adama Referral Hospital.
State Deputy Chief, Abdulaziz Muhamed also said the laboratory will contribute in the efforts of the government to reduce maternal and child mortality rate.
The laboratory will enable the country to boost effectiveness of the health system through research, he said.