Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – A groundbreaking ceremony for a medical city centre that will cost 100 million USD will take place in the presence of Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
The initiator and owner of the project, the Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG), said the centre will have a hospital, long-term care and other health related facilities, including hotel and meeting centre, office buildings and relevant retail (pharmacy, health gym and physical therapy) facilities.
Speaking at a press conference held on June 25, 2014, EADG Board Chairman Dr. Girma Tefera said, “ We are more than 200 physicians of Ethiopian origin coming together to develop and deliver high quality medical care through education and research for the people of Ethiopia, Africa and beyond.”
The hospital to be built will have advanced diagnostic and imaging centre and provides specialized surgery (orthopaedic, neurological, cardio/vascular etc), cancer treatment, and urgent/emergency services, it was indicated.
According to EADG, the centre of excellence hospital will provide first-rate healthcare, transfer medical knowledge and skills to healthcare workers through education and relevant medical research, and meaningfully improve the delivery of healthcare in Ethiopia, the region and Africa.
The project to be constructed in two phases is expected to be finalized in three years. The government will reportedly provide land freely while the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and African Development Bank provide money.
EADG, which has now over 200 members, was established by 12 Ethio-American doctors in 2011.