Foundation stone for 40m euroEthiopia’s first specialized cardiac hospital is laid at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital today.
This heart treatment center will have a significant role to play in the achievement of major medical centers in East Africa and in creating favorable conditions for health and medical tourism, said Birhanu Nega (MD), advisors of cardiac health and coordinator of the project.
The construction of the facility which is designed for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases to address a critical shortage in country, will with collaborations of the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands.
Amir Amhan (MD), ministry of health, said the facility, and the transfer of expertise, would transform cardiac treatment in the country, where thousands are on waiting lists for treatment of preventable diseases.
Scheduled for completion in mid-2020, the 7-storey, 7,200-sq-m building will have three operating rooms, two catheterisation labs, 94 beds, and full diagnostic and examination suites, according to Philips, the construction company which signed an agreement to build the facility.
Called the Cardiac Care Center, it will be built at the existing Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) in Addis Ababa, the country’s capital.
Philips is responsible for the full turnkey design, construction, equipping and commissioning, as well as staff education and equipment maintenance for five years after completion.
At Tikur Anbessa hospital there is a waiting list of over 8,000 patients for cardiac care.
Under the agreement Philips will also renovate an existing floor of the TASH hospital, starting next month, to bolster its cardiac care capabilities before the new hospital is built.
The plan is to have a dedicated cardiology operating theatre and intensive care unit there by the end of the year.