Monday, April 01, 2013

Hospital to be opened by volunteer Turkish doctors in Ethiopia

(Apr 01, 2013, (Today's Zaman))--A hospital is set to be established jointly by the Marmara Health Federation (MASFED) and Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) in the African country of Ethiopia, where the average life expectancy in only 40 years.
The 40-bed hospital is expected to open on Aug. 1. A total of 50 medical health-care personnel from both Turkey and Ethiopia will serve the people in the Turkish hospital. Ten of doctors working in the hospital will be Turkish. Five of them will stay in Ethiopia permanently while the others will stay in the country for period of three to six months.

The hospital will particularly fight against epidemics such as malaria, measles, meningococcal septicemia and typhoid fever, which are the main problems in the country, as well as infant mortality. Speaking to Today's Zaman MASFED President Ahmet Seyfi Gözaydın said:

“Ethiopia's Harari region was once under the administration of Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, so we give particular importance to the region. When the hospital's construction comes to an end, our friends [doctors who are member of the federation] will leave their jobs in Turkey and will go to the Harari region to serve people at the hospital.” Read more form Today's Zaman » 

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