ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and Qatar have signed an 18 million US dollar grant agreement which will finance the construction of a Kidney Treatment Center in Addis Ababa.
The deal was signed between Ethiopia’s State Minister of Finance, Admasu Nebebe, and director of Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Kuwari, on Wednesday.
The agreement was signed through a virtual authorization settlement due to the Coronavirus outbreak and WHO recommendation of social distancing.
The fund will be used for the construction and furnishing of a Specialized Kidney Care Center to provide services to inpatients with the conditions that might lead to kidney failure and those with already kidney failure, ministry of finance said in a statement sent to The Daily Monitor.
The grant will finance the construction of a 6-floor facility that seventy-seven beds.
It will have an intensive care unit (ICU), with eight beds capacity, four operating rooms, ten outpatient consultation rooms, and six hemodialysis stations with a total capacity of one hundred six dialysis chairs/beds, the statement adds.
Some 7000 people, most of them below the age of 55, die annually due to chronic kidney disease, according to some estimates.
One of the major factors that are escalating the problem is poor access to kidney medical care.
The hospital, when fully completed, is expected to substantially alleviate the shortage of dialysis services in Ethiopia, officials said.
By Sisay Sahlu
Image: State Minister of Finance Admasu (Right)