Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG) announced plans to build a medical city center they say will focus on patient centered care. The two billion birr hospital will have 300 private rooms for patients and will be built on 30,000 square meters in Summit Area. If everything goes according to plan it should be finished within three years.Â
Plans are for it to provide surgery on veins, bones and the heart. It also will have a cancer treatment center, large pharmacy, gymnasium and hotel.Â
Speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday June 25, EADG Board Chairman Dr. Girma Tefera said, â€œwe are more than 200 physicians of Ethiopian origin coming together to develop and deliver high quality medical care through education and research for the people of Ethiopia, Africa and beyond.â€
â€œMany of our citizens have had to go abroad for kidney, heart and cancer treatment and many others have died because they could not afford the price,â€ Girma added. He further said that the hospital will be able to treat cardio and kidney cases which will reduce expenses and also save foreign currency. It will also have a medical education and research center to train medical staff.Â
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with EADG to establish the cancer treatment center.Â
The hospital is for profit, although the administrator says they will charge prices that are reasonable and help some patients with lower incomes.Â
EADG was established by twelve Ethiopian Doctors who were living in the US. Now it has 200 doctors and 35 specialists among them.Â
EADG invested 20 percent of the cost with the rest coming from IGAD, donors and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.