Ethiopia has pushed national health coverage to 99 percent following the activities carried out under the banner “one health center for 25,000 people!”, according to Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Dr Kesetebirhan Admasu.
Due attention has also been given to prevent non-communicable diseases, he said.
Ethiopia’s prevention-based health policy has paid off, said Dr Kestebirhan while responding to questions raised by the public via Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).
The national health coverage, which stood at 38 percent 25 years ago, has jumped to 99 percent now owing to expansion of health services in urban and rural areas, he said.
Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and malaria prevalence as well as maternal and child mortality rates have declined in the country, he noted. Life expectancy, which stood at 45 years about 25 years ago has increased to 64 years by 2016.
However, the activities carried out to prevent non-communicable diseases and cancer in particular were not to the required level as the sector demands huge money and skilled professionals, Dr Kestebirhan noted.
The construction of cancer centers is underway in Haremaya, Jimma, Hawassa, Mekele and Gondar universities as well as in St. Paul’s Hospital, Addis Ababa.