Addis Ababa April 15/2013 The U.S. government laid foundation stone last Saturday for construction of a new outpatient department (OPD) annex at Shashemene referral hospital in Oromia region, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said.
According to a statement the embassy sent to ENA, the OPD will be constructed in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.
The statement said the people of the United States, through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have committed 2.7 million USD for construction of the new health facility.
Health State Minister, Dr. Kebede Worku and Ethiopia Country Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Thomas Kenyon took part in the ground breaking ceremony.
The statement said CDC will provide technical assistance for construction of the three-storey facility.
The facility will have designated areas for ultra-sound, waiting rooms, clinical rooms and maternity rooms. The labor and delivery services will also be integrated with family planning, voluntary counseling and testing, antiretroviral therapy and antenatal care for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Construction of this new facility is part of the U.S. government's long-term commitment to strengthen infrastructure for HIV/AIDS and health systems in Ethiopia.
Construction of the new building is expected to be completed in May 2014, according to the statement.