ADDIS ABABA – The government of South Korea has provided today medical equipment including ICU beds to the Ministry of Health as Seoul continues its support to Addis Ababa’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest support, provided through Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), will enhance the COVID-19 diagnostic capability of health institutions to ensure timely management of the outbreak as well as to curb its spread, said Korean Embassy in Addis Ababa.
A total of 31 medical equipment and devices were provided, including ventilators, PCR detection machines, PCR kits, ICU beds, masks, gloves, and so on.
The first batch of the medical equipment arrived in March and the rest of the equipment will be shipped in due order within this month, according to the embassy.
Ambassador of Korea to Ethiopia, Kang Seokhee and Chief Representative of the Korea Eximbank Office in Addis Ababa, Nam Jong-Hyun handed over the equipment to Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, in an event was held in Addis Ababa today.
The medical equipment will be distributed to 35 regional COVID19 treatment centers across the country, once the user training for biomedical staff is finished.
The East Africa nation is currently treating more than 800 severely ill patients of covid-19 despite having a limited number of ICU beds.
.“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Government of Korea for its unreserved and continued support in our efforts to fight the pandemic,” said Health Minister Dr. Lia, after receiving the badly needed equipment.
Ambassador Kang, on his part, vowed that the government of Korea will continue to support Ethiopia’s health sector which is a key for sustainable development.
The EDCF is a concessional loan program provided by the Korean government to developing countries for economic cooperation.
The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) as the executing agency of the EDCF and the Ethiopian government signed a loan agreement of USD 30 million for a medical equipment provision project in June 2020.
The agreement has made Ethiopia the first African country to obtain loans from the EDCF in response to the COVID19 pandemic.