Ethiopia ranks at the very end of nations of the world in the number of women giving births attended by health professionals. That sordid number is an average of 16 percent for the whole of Ethiopian mothers, according to UNFPA, for antenatal care and access to such services in health centres or hospitals.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Ethiopia’s efforts to lift the number of health professional- attended births in the country in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) has been unsuccessful, marked thereof as “insufficient progress“.
Similarly, while the Africa region communicable diseases constitute 80 percent of diseases, in Ethiopia it is 82 percent, thereby causing significant deaths.
In this regard, WHO data show that Ethiopia ranks third in Africa and eighth among the 22 highest tuberculosis (TB) burdened countries in the world.
Interestingly, a bright spot in respect of the antenatal care is Tigray, three to four times that of the Ethiopian average. This is because per capita Tigray has more health professionals and service centres whereas that is not the case for the rest of the country, in addition to the technical assistance projects that often find their ways into the region.
A 2012 research by Yalem Tsegay et.al indicates that Tigray, divided into 47 districts, has one specialised referral hospital as well as five zonal hospitals, seven district hospitals, 208 health centres and more than 600 health posts. Coverage estimations from the Tigray Health Bureau indicate 75 percent are for ANC, 20 percent for skilled delivery, 13 percent for clean and safe deliveries (those attended by HEWs) and 90 percent for contraceptive use. These numbers must have changed in the last four years, as has the number of referral hospitals.
In spite of this, the TPLF regime is unaccountably squandering the nation’s meagre resources in its commitment to make Tigray centre of industrialisation. This was reported on Aigaforum Saturday in connection with the signing ceremony with Chinese companies for the establishment of a raisin manufacturing pant turnkey project in Mekelle, Ethiopia.
Nonetheless, since EFFORT is a company owned by the TPLF – the ruling party – what is the basis the Ethiopian taxpayers are made to assume such a burden for TPLF officials to collect the benefits!
This is dishonest exercise, an abuse of power and authority they have wielded through the gun – real evidence of bad governance in deeds!
It is interesting that the Ethiopian taxpayers are not aware of how much extra burden is being imposed on them; nor the share of expenditures between the state and the TPLF corporation.
It is not clear if this is the private sector partnership (PPP) the minister of finance Abdelaziz Mohammed was telling parliament during presentation of his ministry’s six-month report last week, where he said “PPP will be a core strategy for development in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II).”
Hereunder is direct copy of how Aigaforum reported the story:
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
In an ongoing effort to quickly industrialized the country [Meles Zenawi’s project of quickly industrialising Tigray] the Ethiopian government is investing heavily in the mining industry and developing manufacturing hubs in key geographical area in the country. To augment this, EFFORT a huge endowment which owns multiple companies has readied itself to play a critical role.
The following is a reportage of the contract signing ceremony with Chinese companies for the establishment of an Integrated PVC Resin Manufacturing Plant Turnkey Project in Mekelle, Ethiopia.
President Abay Woldu of Tigrai, Azeb Mesfin ceo of EFFORT and other high officials were present during the ceremony. The project when finished will cost around 5 billion birr. Initial phase to be completed within few years.