Medics from U.S. Share COVID-19 Experience with Ethiopian Doctors

ADDIS ABABA – Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG) is delivering a webinar course on COVID-19 to medical doctors in Ethiopia.

It is a part of their effort to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and prepare first respondents in Ethiopia, according to the Group.

Ethiopia currently has 52 cases and reported two COVID-19 deaths.

The Group said the course is being given in collaboration with hospitals and medical institutions with EADG physicians who are currently managing the severely ill COVID-19 patients in the USA.

The first round of the webinar includes eight sessions that started on April 3, 2020. It was given to physicians and health officials identified to be involved in caring for patients affected by COVID 19.

The course is being given by 7 EADG medical doctors who live and work abroad and one local physician.

“As we are witnessing how High-Income countries are struggling to contain and control this pandemic, we cannot imagine the damage it will cause to low resource countries like ours,” said Girma Tefera (MD), the chairperson of EADG.

The online course includes clinical features, treatment, and outcomes in COVID 19 patients, infection control and air way management, mechanical ventilation, recommendations for women in labor and their newborn, and emergency preparedness & leadership, according to the organizers.

Image: At the isolation center in Bole Chefe in Addis Ababa, health workers are using their previous training on Ebola preparedness to respond to the threat of COVID-19.  [Photo Otto B.]