ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of Health launched the second phase of the Major Cities Emergency, Injury and Critical Care Improvement Program (MEICIP) in eight selected cities of Ethiopia.
The program launched on Wednesday after health officials signed an Memorandum of Understanding with city mayors, university hospitals, and regional health bureaus.
The emergency system started in five cities, last year, to ensure delivery of timely care to the public.
Health ministry said it has now expanded the program to eight more cities after taking the lessons learned from the five cities into consideration.
The program is part of the government’s plan to build a resilient health system which, authorities say, can withstand a variety of emergencies and protect the community – one of the Ministry of Health’s main strategic priorities.
“One of our key initiatives to achieve this is MEICIP which aims to improve emergency and critical care system in major cities including developing strong pre-hospital service and linkage,” said Health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse. “Hence, taking the lessons learned from the 5 five cities, we have expanded to 8 more cities”.
“I call upon all stakeholders to play our part for the success of this program by engaging the community and build a responsive health system that can minimize the number of deaths and injuries and improve our cities,” the minister added.