COVID-19 and Ethiopia’s Response
The international community is racing to mitigate and eventually halt the spread of COVID-19, a pandemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and sickened millions of others. In Africa, the virus has spread to almost all countries, resulting in 3,078 deaths as of May 22, 2020. Governments and health authorities across Africa are now implementing measures to fight the spread of this virus.
Ethiopia, the second populous nation in the continent, is one of these countries affected by COVID-19 whose Government is taking measures to fight the pandemic. The first case in the country was reported on March 13. On April 8, the Ethiopian Government declared a state of emergency. Following the state of emergency, the Government canceled its planned national election, limited international flights, enforced 14 days quarantine and testing for international travelers, closed all its land borders and schools, and implemented strict rules prohibiting larger gatherings including in churches and mosques. These measures have helped to slow down the spread of the virus in the country. However, recent reports are showing that COVID-19 is not only spreading but also the share of community spread among new cases are increasing at an alarming rate.
As a result, our Government has called upon Ethiopian and Ethiopian descents living abroad to help with its efforts. In response to this, GIBH has initiated a targeted fund-raising campaign to support the following three major public hospitals that are on the frontline fighting against this dangerous pandemic.
Menelik II Referral Hospital
Menelik II Specialized Hospital (MSH) is the first public hospital in Ethiopia. It was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1910.
With expertise in general surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery, it serves as one of the three trauma referral centers in Addis Ababa, providing specialized care to both patients presenting primarily and those referred from other hospitals and health centers in Addis Ababa and other regions of the country.
St Paul’s Hospital
Ever since it was established, first as a Hospital for the destitute in 1968 by the late Emperor Haile Selassie, St. Paul’s has been serving the less fortunate for more than 5 decades now.
St. Paul Hospital prides itself as one of the largest hospitals in the country. Of the average 2000 patients that come through our doors on a daily basis, up to three-fourths receive services completely free of charge. We aim to serve our community with the utmost care and discipline; We hope to become a beacon of hope. As SPHMMC instills an awesome sense of community in all its professionals, our health workers and academic staff are fervently geared towards reaching out to the communities they serve.
In light of the current pandemic, St. Paul Hospital is taking incisive steps to ensure that the safety of its patients, staff, community, and the nation as a whole is not compromised as it continually strengthens its capacity to become a COVID-19 treatment center.
Our hospital and staff are thus in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health care providers who are valiantly putting themselves on the frontline to protect and serve their communities.
We thus kindly implore everyone with the ability to help us fight this battle to do what they can and help equip our healthcare workers with the gear they need to protect themselves as they work day and night to protect our country from this outbreak.
Jimma University Hospital
Jimma University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) is one of the oldest public hospitals in Ethiopia. Located in Jimma city 352 km southwest of Addis Ababa, JUTH.serves as a teaching and referral hospital for the southwestern part of the country, covering a catchment population of 15 million. Currently, the Hospital provides services for approximately 15,000 inpatient, 160,000 outpatient attendants, 11,000 emergency cases, and 4500 deliveries annually.
GIBH is a volunteer-run organization. 100% of the proceeds go to benefiting the hospitals highlighted above in support of their fight against COVID-19.
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