Ministry focuses on quality, equity in GTP II

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The Ministry of Health said that it will do its level best to ensure quality and equitable health service in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) period. 
The ministry reported that the nation has achieved 95 percent of the envisaged health service coverage in the first GTP period.
Health Minister Dr. Kesete Birhan Admassu said that Ethiopia has done very well in terms of translating its Growth and Transformation Plan into reality and achieving goals and targets in the health sector.
A prominent target the Ministry had set at the launching of GTP I was to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Ethiopia was hence well on track in achieving all the three health related MDGs, the minister said. In fact, it has achieved MDG-4 which is about reducing child mortality. Thus, the ministry has achieved that goal three years ahead of the schedule, he added.
“We are also doing well in terms of putting under control communicable diseases. Ensuring access to health facilities is the other target we set. Therefore, today, Ethiopia has achieved 95 per cent health service coverage,” Dr. Kesete Birhan outlined the achievements.
“That means, we have built and furnished around 3,500 health centers. We have also multiplied the number of primary hospitals in the country. In the course of the GTP period alone, we have constructed around 200 hospitals which have become operational. This has tremendously increased access to healthcare facilities,” he added.
(The Ethiopian Herald)