From 8 through 9 November the Federal Health Services oversaw its 19th annual conference in the state of Amhara. The 2 day event that took place in the city of Gondar showcased the cities wonderful medical facilities and ground breaking achievements. Amongst the sites that were toured the University of Gondar was asked to host the guests. They were given a tour of the university hospital.
Those who were called upon came from all over the country. Amongst others, federal and state government officials, (health) higher officials from the state level, hospital top management and partners from the health sector were present.
The first stop for the group of guests was the University of Gondar’s fully functional referral hospital. A welcoming speech by Prof Mersha Chanie, UoG’s Research and Community Service vice president, kicked off the occasion. He first gave a brief history of the University of Gondar high lightening the predecessor of UoG, the public health training college, which trained health practitioners to stop spread the malaria epidemic in Gondar over 60 years ago. As of present the University of Gondar has blossomed and advanced its reach to various disciplines. UoG is currently taking in over 400,000 patients a year from in and out chronic patients, emergency patients and bed patients.
What ensued afterwards was a power point presentation which covered the frame work of UoG’s plans and work ethic to ensure high quality treatment and productive growth. Dr. Annisa, who is the CEO of the hospital, presented key features that have been vital for the hospitals success. For instance the quality project is important to note. By improving viral load test availability, reducing lost medical cards, improving proportion of test availability and improving bed occupancy rates Dr. Annisa and the Hospital believe that productivity will be increased.
In summing up the mornings activities the group of 50 guests were divided into two groups to be given a tour of the newly built referral hospital. The building may seem sophisticated with its modern and ancient features but the equipment inside is actually transforming Gondar’s medics.
The guests got a chance to explore the referral laboratory, internal OPD, Surgical OPD, pharmacies, imaging areas, eye care centers, dialysis areas and much more. The state of the art equipment will be sure to leave an impression on all those who were present.
Their 2 day stop in Gondar may be brief but it will be one of the best places where one gets to see the constant growth in the medical arena. The University of Gondar which is now over 60 years old is an institution like no other when it comes to this regard. Its foundations in the medical field has made it one of the role models in the country. And presently people from all over the country are taking in what UoG, Ethiopia’s top ranked University, has to offer.
By Samuel Malede| Public and International Relations Directorate