UAE Donates 50 Ambulances to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia on Tuesday received a donation of 50 ambulances, fully equipped for basic emergency services, from government of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The donation, estimated  to worth be 250 million Birr,  is made through the Red Crescent Society of the UAE.

Health minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Lia Tadesse received the keys to the ambulances from UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mohamed Al-Reshid.

The first seven ambulances arrived in Addis Ababa by plane with UAE’s Red Crescent Society cover the cost of transportion of the vehicles.

“My sincere appreciation to the Red Red Crescent Society of UAE for their donation of 50 Ambulances for Ethiopia, equipped for basic emergency services,” said health minister Dr. Lia after the handover ceremony.

She also expressed her gratitude to the government of UAE and its embassy in AddisAbaba “for their continued support & cooperation to strengthen our health system”.

According to the UAE’s government, the latest support is one of a myriad of humanitarian actions taken by the UAE to support the East African nation.

Last month, health minister Dr Lia signed a MoU with the Abu Dhabi-based Response Plus Holdings PJSC that seeks to enhance job opportunities for Ethiopian health professionals in the UAE.

PJSC is the UAE’s largest provider of on-site healthcare management and medical emergency transfers from remote work sites.

Dr. Lia signed the agreement with the Company, which manages over 260 site clinics and has the largest private fleet of ambulances in Abu Dhabi, during her visit to the Emirates.

This collaboration begins with PJSC employing 200 plus nursing professionals (in a phased manner) in various top-level hospitals, like Burjeel Medical City in the UAE, reports Gulf News.

The agreement would allow PJSC to explore options to work closely with the existing private healthcare providers in the Ethiopia.