Poor planning causes Ethiopian public hospitals to severely lack medical devices

A recent study of Ethiopian public hospitals found serious gaps in the current practices of public hospitals in planning and budgeting medical devices. Especially in all areas outside of the capital, Addis Ababa. Tigray hospitals remain essentially non-functioning and are not currently supported by the Ethiopian government.

A new published study shows the vast majority of Ethiopian public hospitals fail to have the basic required medical devices necessary to provide medical care according to WHO standards. Even worse most of these hospitals and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health have no plans to improve on this serious shortcoming. 

The study was published by officials at the Ethiopian MOH. Prior to Abiy Ahmed taking power as Prime Minister in Ethiopia Ethiopia was heralded as being a leader in attempting to develop health care in Africa. However with the diversion of government spending to wage war resulting in annual per capita expenditures decreasing from an already low $23 to now an estimated $18 (which is a hundred times less then developed countries). Millions of dollars worth of medical equipment, drugs, and other supplies were allowed to be taken to Eritrea from Tigray also apparently the Gondar region. 

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

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