Ministry Kicks Off Free Health Screening

Jul 24 , 2023

A second round initiation to provide free medical checkups for 1.2 million vulnerable residents was launched by the Ministry of Health last week. The program is kicked off at St. Paul Hospital, Swaziland Street, and will include providing diagnosis, clinical aid, and blood donations. State Minister for Health Dereje Duguma (MD) said the first round of the program managed to reach over one million citizens giving the Ministry additional momentum in moving towards better and sustainable coverage over the past few years. The program will be applicable in all regional states and federal health facilities for the coming two months. A study conducted by Abreha WoldeMichael on the accessibility of primary healthcare in Ethiopia, notes the unaffordability and unequal distribution of facilities have been impeding citizens from getting medical assistance. Metasebiya Mesfin (MD), CEO of the Hospital, said endeavours of such sort will play a vital role in fostering preventive mechanisms and building resilient links between healthcare facilities and society.


Geda Special Economic Zone Receives Prospective Tenants

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Safaricom Ethiopia Rolls Out its Network to Tigray

With 125 self-built towers, Safaricom Ethiopia has launched its operations in the Tigray Regional State. Executives disclosed plans to invest in an additional 166 towers and expand their reach to the remaining towns. "This is the most exciting milestone in Tigray since the return of social services," said Getachew Reda, president of the Interim Regional State Administration. In July 2021, the consortium-backed telecom giant entered Ethiopia's market, historically dominated by state-owned E...