India has handed over a consignment of medical aid


India has handed over a consignment of medical aid consisting of 100,000 HCQ tablets and other essential drugs including life saving antibiotics on 21st August 2020. Dereje Duguma, State Minister of Health, while accepting the consignment, conveyed his gratitude and appreciation for this assistance. The handing over ceremony was held at the premises of the Embassy of India and was attended by officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and other dignitaries.
The donation of medicines was made in fulfillment of announcement made by the Prime Minister of India in April 2020 to combat COVID-19 pandemic to assist 25 African countries including Ethiopia.
India’s cooperation in the health sector with Ethiopia includes support for training and capacity building, supply of equipment and medicines, telemedicine facilities and continuing medical education for health care professionals as well as facilitation for treatment at tertiary care facilities in India. India has donated a 64-Slice CT Scan machine to Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa and provides fully-paid training opportunities to hundreds of Ethiopian doctors, paramedics and other health care professionals under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme as well as the India-Africa Forum Summit initiative.