U.S. Gov’t. to support construction of new OPD at Shashemene Hospital


The U.S. government laid the foundation stone last Saturday for the construction of a new Out Patient Department (OPD) annex at Shashemene referral hospital in the Oromia Regional state, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said. According to the statement, the OPD will be constructed in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH).
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 the construction of the new health facility. MoH State minister Kebede Worku and Ethiopia Country Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Kenyon, took part in the ground breaking ceremony. The statement said CDC will provide technical assistance for the 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 ante-natal care for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.