Over 30, 0000 People to Get Free Health Service Next Week

ADDIS ABEBA – Private Health institutions based in the capital said on Wednesday that they are planning to provide free health examination for at least 30,000 citizens.

The examination will be given largely for blood pressure, diabetes, eye, dental, ear, physiotherapy, and cervical cancer cases.

Addis Ababa’s private health facilities employers’ association has organized the event. It said the service will be given to anyone during the first international Health expo scheduled to be held from Dec 2 to Dec 5, 2019.

The expo will be held at Addis Abeba’s Millennium Hall under the theme ‘I care for healthcare’.
The organizers expect to give a free health examination for up to 10,000 people each day. The check-up could cost an individual up 3,000 Ethiopian birr [or $100] on average if conducted in an average hospital.

At least 200 foreign and Ethiopian health institutions will take part in the three-day-long expo, Efrata Arega, CEO of the association, told reporters on Wednesday.

At least 50 specialist doctors and other health professionals together with modern health examination equipment will be deployed to provide the service, said Efrata.

Private pharmaceutical manufacturers and health intuitions from Germany, India, U.S., China, Kenya, South Africa, and other countries will also partake. They are expected to promote their products and services at the expo.

“It will be an expo that helps to share experience and create opportunities for cooperation between institutions in addition to creating awareness to the larger public concerning the health services provided by private institutions,” said Efrata.

The expo is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors.

“The general intention with this expo is to carry out our social responsibility and show private health institutions care for the community,” she said.

By Sisay Sahlu

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