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U.S. Government Inaugurates New Regional Laboratory in Adama, Breaks Ground on Adama Medical College Out-Patient Annex, Valued at $6.9 Million

Adama, Oromia, January 31, 2013: The first state of the art regional laboratory in Ethiopia, constructed by the United States Department of State with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was formally inaugurated and handed over to the Oromia Regional State today.  Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister for Health, Donald Booth, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, and Ato Abdulaziz Mohammed, Vice President of the State of Oromia, attended the inauguration ceremony.

The regional laboratory was constructed at a cost of USD $ 2.9 million (53 million Eth birr) and will serve a population of approximately 6 million in Oromia region. With an HIV prevalence of 1.0% and 224,093 people living with HIV and AIDS, the new laboratory is expected to increase health services and improve the lives of those in the region.

The new, modern two-story building includes structural elements which prevent the spread of infections such as a spacious work environment, mechanical ventilation, a back-up generator for the entire facility, and a walk-in freezer.  It will also serve as a training site for laboratory professionals on the diagnosis of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, ART monitoring and quality management system.

The construction of this laboratory is part of the U.S. government’s overall assistance to help strengthen the integrated laboratory services across the Ethiopian public health laboratory network.  This new laboratory will provide easy access to affordable quality laboratory services for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and opportunistic and sexually transmitted infections.

In addition to attending the inauguration ceremony today, Dr. Kebede, Ambassador Booth and Ato Abdulaziz  broke ground on the construction of a new out-patient department (OPD) annex for Adama Hospital Medical College.  The people of the United States, through PEPFAR, have committed an additional USD $ 4 million for the construction of this new OPD annex.  CDC-Ethiopia will provide oversight of the construction of this facility.

When completed, the OPD annex will have emergency units with examination rooms, a pharmacy and laboratory, and outpatient facilities including registration, data room, ultrasound room, labor and delivery suite, maternity ward, ART Examination and Pediatric ART rooms, among others.  It will also have administration and training facilities.

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