Modern gas pipeline coming for St. Paul patients


St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College will transition from using long cylinders for giving patients oxygen to a gas pipeline for oxygen and medical air. It cost 220 million birr to install the pipelines and generators. A Canadian Company, AAMED technologies installed the system.
Two generators are also being installed in case of power interruption. The system can be easily manipulated by doctors and nurses who follow up with the patients.
Currently the hospital spends more than 750,000 birr per month to buy oxygen form Chora and Guest companies. This new pipeline is expected to save a lot of money.
Asfeha Solomon, Director of Engineering and Construction Department at the hospital told Capital that the new system will be implemented at the main building of the hospital in the first phase.
“The system is like pipe water whenever you need the oxygen you open the valves hanging above the patient’s bed. There is a big oxygen sucker and it will distribute it to the patients room through a pipe,” he said.
“We used the cylinder system for a long time and it had been experiencing wear and tear so we changed to this simpler system. We have around 150 beds in the main building so after we are done getting it set up here we will start in the second building,” he added.
“The big importance of the system is the standard of the oxygen gases, for long years we have been bought industrial gases form outside because we had no option to purified medical gas.
He added that they will sell medical gases to Yikatit 12, Gandhi, Menelik, Zewditu, Abet hospitals which will cut their costs for filling the cylinders with oxygen in half as well.
Currently medical gas through pipelines is being partially used in Adama General Hospital and Ayder University Hospital in Mekele but St. Paul hospital’s system is big and can give service to many people.
St. Paul Hospital was built by Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1969 with the help of the German Evangelical Church, with the goal of serving the poor. A medical college was formed in 2007. The hospital has 350 beds has 1,200 clinical and non-clinical staff.