The Newly built Outpatient and Delivery Facility at Hiwot Fana Specialized Teaching Hospital inaugurated

 

By:-Shemsedin Mohammed/Public & International Relation Directorate

A new outpatient department and delivery facility at Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital, built with funding from the government of the United States and offering compressive integrated HIV clinical and maternity services, opened at Harar on October 5, 2015.

Holly Wong, principal deputy assistant secretary for Global Affair at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Peter H. Charge d` Affaires, A.I., U.S. Embassy, Professor Chemeda Fininsa, acting president of Haramaya University, and Mr. Ordin Bedri, head of Harari Regional State president office, participated in the inauguration of the hospital.

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According to the press release from the Embassy of United States of America, with funding from the U.S. President`s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and working in partnership with Haramaya University and Harari Regional Health Bureau, the U.S. Government provided $3.6 million (over Birr.73 million) for the construction of this new facility. The facility complies with U.S. construction standards and is fully accessible.

The new facility will provide complete and coordinated care enhance the patient-centered experience and to increase capacity to accommodate ever increasing patients on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). The hospital has a quality waiting area, ultrasound facilities, nurse stations, examination rooms, duty rooms, maternity rooms, a nursery, an operation room, a labor/delivery room with bathrooms/showers, a program on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, a family planning unit, and adult and pediatric Antiretroviral Therapy. The new outpatient and delivery facility will be an additional asset for Haramaya University as a teaching venue for physicians and other health worker training programs.

Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital serves as a referral hospital for the entire eastern part of the Ethiopia, including the Eastern Oromia, Dire Dawa City Administration, the Somali Regional State and the Harari Regional State. Currently, the facility is treating more than 2,097 HIV positive patients.

Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital is a teaching hospital for Haramaya Univrsity Health and Medical Sciences students The history of America`s relationship with Haramaya Univrsity`s dates back to the early 1950s when the United States helped establish the original Agricultural College at in Haramaya.

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The building key was handover to Professor Chemeda Fininsa Acting President of Haramaya University by Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, CDC Ethiopia Country Director.

During the occasion, Professor Chemeda said, “Haramaya University Hiwot Fana Specialized Teaching Hospital is renowned health facility serving peoples living in the east part of Ethiopia for the past 75 years.”

“Our teaching hospital has been trying to improve its service hand in hand with the government and key partners; as an example the recent teaching and medical building under construction is one of its huge investments in our university history, which exceed one billion birr. Our university believes modern facilities are ingredient for a better service delivery and man power development. So, we are trying our best in this regards,” he added.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been providing technical assistance in Ethiopia. The OPD annex that cost 3.5million USD is now ready for the intended purpose: to provide outpatient, ART, VCT, PMTCT and labor and Delivery services. Besides, the university will maximize the use of the OPD annex in teaching health and medical science students and expand specialty training in Gynecology and Obstetrics.

The complexity and sophistication of equipment’s and other furnishing materials installed at the facility are exemplary and require critical care. This new facility will be of a tremendous benefit to Haramaya University, the region and the surrounding community and contribute its share in supporting the country to achieve the targets to: Reduce Mothers Mortality Rate, Increase skilled birth attendance, and Increase Anti Natal Care coverage.

During the occasion, it was indicated that the OPD annex would be occupied for the intended purpose of outpatient services and the University will maintain the building so that it will remain usable for its purpose.

Prof. Chemeda highly appreciated the commitment of CDC-Ethiopia and asked to continue its support to Haramaya University by providing the necessary assistance to make complete function of the 900 bed capacity under construction hospital building. And we need your support in the field of health professional’s development.

Mr. Desalegn Admassu, dean of Health & Medical Science College Haramaya University, in his welcoming speech’s, indicated that the Outpatient annexes to support programmatic and surveillance activities in the area of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.

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According to Mr. Desalegn, Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital obstetric department admits more than 3000 patients per year, with 2664 delivery services. Even though our hospital serves these all patients, in our dept we only have 3 rooms (1 laborward,1 maternity, 1 delivery room) totally around 30 beds are there and additionally we shared surgical ICU and operation room.

The hospital used to carry delivering mothers upstairs, in an old building which was built 70-80 years ago. The clinical staff, the family used to suffer to comfort the delivering mother with a serious shortage of space and now the shortage of space for delivering is reduced, so he thanked the people of the United States of America.

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On the occasion, Professor Chemeda gave the acknowledgement and handed over Certificate to the partners and high senior officials and other guests visit the building.

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