Ethiopia gets world class eye care center

Center inaugurated by President Mulatu

The public private partnership between the Ministry of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) has borne fruit in the form of OIA India Eye Care Centre in the metropolis.  “Ethiopia, the ancient ancestral land of human kind and civilization, a political and diplomatic hub for Africa, deserves to have a world class eye care facility such as OIA,” said the center in a statement.

OIA says it feels honored that Dr. Mulatu Teshome, Ethiopia’s President and other higher government officials graced the inauguration ceremony of the Eye Care Center yesterday. Zewditu Memorial Hospital, Addis Abeba Regional Health Bureau and the Mayor office of Addis Abeba have also expended their support for the center.

The OIA Africa Health and Welfare Endowment believes “that the Eye Care Center will be a shining example of a successful public-private partnership between the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and OIA.”  

With a 15 bed dedicated state of the art and ultra-modern Ophthalmology facility based in the campus of Zewditu Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa, OIA Eye Care Center will offer relief to patients suffering from conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetes related eye problems and plastic surgery around the eyes. The facility also has an in-house training center for surgeons, paramedic and administrative staff to build the local human resources and has been built in technical collaboration with an Indian center of excellence which provides medical advisory and consultancy services.

Dr. Rashmin Gandhi, the lead ophthalmologist monitoring the OIA India’s Eye Care Center said, “We have a vision to steadily increase the capacity in phases to treat 100,000 patients and perform 10,000 sight restoring surgeries at the Center in about three years and also plan to introduce Mobile Eye Care Clinics in the remote areas.”

 Suresh Chaturvedi, Group Chairman, OIA on his part said: “OIA India Eye Care Center will provide world-class eye care facilities to meet our commitment towards corporate social responsibility on a non-profit basis and we believe that the Eye Care Center will be the pride of Addis Abeba and Ethiopia. The Center offers holistic and quality health services. We will develop local human resource capacity through training in healthcare by following a service model which is innovative and self-sustainable.”

The Minister of Health, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, has stressed that the eye center should provide care for poor people at subsidized rate. He has also stressed that the center will be used to train Ethiopian doctors and other professionals.

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