Modern Hospital College Inaugurated
WOLISSO, West Shoa Zone, September 24 (WIC) – St. Luke Catholic Hospital and a nursing college, built in Wollisso by the Ethiopian Catholic Church at a cost of 44 million Birr was inaugurated September 23.
Speaking on the occasion, President of the Oromia Regional State Ato Kuma Demeksa said that due to the concerted efforts made in the health sector over the past five years, the health service coverage has grown from 35 to 40 per cent. In the efforts made to provide equitable health service to millions in the state, a number of health institutions have been constructed, he said. He however, admitted that efforts made so far were not adequate.
"We still face very serious health service problems that require more efforts," he said.
Applauding the role of NGO's donor agencies, religious institutions and private investors in supporting public and government's efforts, Kuma said that his administration will always support and encourage their noble initiatives.
Rev. Abba Tsegaye Keneni, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat said that the Ethiopian Catholic Church is open to close cooperation with the Ethiopian Government that is playing the primary role in directing and coordinating activities
towards the achievement of socio-economic development, in the country.
In this regard Rev. Abba Tsegaye Keneni said that the Ethiopian Catholic Church has recently established a new structure "Social and Development Commission" with branch offices at Diocesan Secretariat levels to work more closely with the governmental institutions in the areas of social services and development programmes.
The 120-bed St. Luke Catholic Hospital and Nurses College which has been under construction for the last three years has five medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology and maternity wards. It also has a general outpatient department which gives services in mother and child health care, a radiology department, laboratory services, a pharmacy, 2 operating theatres, a drug dispensary and nutrition rehabilitation units. The hospital provides both curative an preventive health care services against communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
The hospital will reportedly employ a total of two hundred and twenty technical and administrative local staff.
The College provides boarding facility for 90 students with fully equipped classrooms, study rooms and a library. Courses will be offered for clinical and public health nurses for three years with 30 students graduating in each area of specialization.
The Oromia State has reportedly cooperated in the realization of the health facility providing by 5 block buildings and 82,000 square meters of land.