Daily Archives: March 22, 2020

Dr. Catherine Hamlin Laid to Rest

The late obstetrician Dr. Catherine Hamlin was laid to rest today at St. Peter-Paul Catholic cemetery today.

Many mourners gathered in Addis Ababa to pay their final respect to Hamlin’s corpse which  was attended by her family members and colleagues.

Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who provided life-changing reconstructive surgery for obstetric fistula for more than 60,000 Ethiopian women, died at the age of 96 last Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Catherine was born in Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1946. Once  she came to Ethiopia to work as a trainer of midwives, she decided to settle and open the doors of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital with her late husband in 1974.

During the last 61 years, Dr. Catherine Hamlin helped thousands of women in Ethiopia that suffered from obstetric fistula, an internal injury caused by a prolonged and unrelieved obstructed labor.  

Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse told ENA earlier that “Hamlin had an extraordinary journey of humanitarian support that saved many Ethiopian women who were the most marginalized in their time of grave need.”

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Medical Supplies Donated by Jack Ma Foundation Arrives in Addis Ababa

The first shipment of medical supplies donated by the Chinese Jack Ma Foundation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in African countries arrived on Sunday morning in Addis Ababa. 

Prime Minister  Abiy Ahmed, with the Chinese tycoon Jack Ma, founder of the Jack Ma Foundation, and the Alibaba Foundation have jointly launched a relief initiative to support African countries with diagnostics and infection prevention control commodities  to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it was indicated.

The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation’s donation will include 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks and 60,000 protective suits to be distributed throughout Africa – accounting for 20, 000 test kits, 100,000 medical masks and 1,000 protective suits and face shields to each of the 54 countries, according to the office of the prime minister.

The first shipment arrived today include 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.   

Following the arrival of the supplies in Ethiopia today, the Ministry of Health will coordinate the logistics and work with Ethiopian Airlines, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several partners supporting the initiative for the distribution to the different countries which include the World Food Program, and the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Similarly, Ethiopia has received over 100,000 face masks and other anti-epidemic supplies for the fight against COVID-19 donated by the Chinese Huajian Group yesterday.  

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Africa has climbed to 1,114 as 40 African countries reported confirmed cases as of Saturday afternoon, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed.

Ethiopia has also confirmed two more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) today, bringing the total number to 11. Source: Ethiopia News agency

Ethiopia Confirms two More Cases Of Coronavirus

Addis Ababa Ethiopia has confirmed two more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) today, bringing the total number to 11.

One is a 28- year old Ethiopian, who arrived in Ethiopia on March 14, 2020 from Belgium on March 14, 2020, confirmed positive for COVID-19, Ministry of Health revealed.

The second is also a 34 years old Ethiopian, who came to Ethiopia on March 19, 2020 from Dubai and detected positive for COVID-19 at Bole International Airport health screening desks, it was indicated.

According to the Ministry of Health, both patients are in stable condition and under close medical care. The Previous confirmed nine cases are also in a stable condition except, an 85- years old woman, who is on an oxygen treatment.

So far, 392 samples have been investigated for COVID-19 in the country, the ministry said.

All  passengers entering Ethiopia as of Monday will be placed in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days in designated hotels at their own personal cost, it was learned

Source: Ethiopia News agency