ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Minister of Health Lia Tadesse on Tuesday said a recently inaugurated Chinese built factory has supplied the first 250,000 COVID-19 test kits to the east African country’s health authorities.
Lia said during a meeting held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa evaluating Ethiopia’s eight months’ performance in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 disease.
“Last week, BGI Ethiopia factory supplied 250,000 COVID-19 test kits to the state-owned Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI),” said Lia.
“Ethiopia hopes the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory will soon start exporting test kits to neighboring countries,” she further said.
The factory, located inside the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, was inaugurated in September.
Ethiopia expects the COVID-19 test kit factory to save much-needed foreign currency that the Ethiopian government spends on importing test kits.