U.S. Government Inaugurates state-of-the-art Health Laboratory in Mekelle, Tigrai State
Tigrai Online, May 29, 2017
Mekelle, Tigray – The fourth state-of-the-art regional referral public health laboratory in Ethiopia, constructed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was formally inaugurated and handed over to the Tigray National Regional State today.
Chargè d’Affaires, Peter H. Vrooman, was joined at the inauguration by H.E. Daniel Assefa, Mayor of Mekelle city. In addition, representatives from the Tigray regional state, the U.S. Embassy, and others attended the ceremony.
The regional public health laboratory was constructed at a cost of USD $3.5 million (80 million Eth. birr) and will serve a population of approximately 5 million people in the Tigray region and northern parts of Ethiopia.
According to the news release this health laboratory is the fourth of its kind in Ethiopia and it will be able to serve about five million people.
The public health laboratory was consturcted at a cost of USD $3.5 million dollars about (80 million Eth. birr) the embassy publication said.
We are assuming the newly built state fo the art health laboratory will be working closely with the University Hospital of Mekelle which also locating in the same city.