Ethiopia: UNICEF donates 25 ambulances to health ministry

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Adddis Ababa, Ethiopia – May 19, 2010 (ENA) – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) donated 25 ambulances worth over one million US dollars to the Ministry of Health.

Hard top Toyota land cruiser ambulances are fully equipped.

The ambulances will be sent to regional health institutions working in maternal and child health care service.

The keys for the ambulances were handed over to Health Minister, Dr. Teodros Adhanom by UNICEF country representative, Ted Chaiban.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Chaiban said the ambulances will help the Ministry of Health enhance its maternal and child life saving efforts.

Ministry of health Dr. Tewodros Adhanom on his part said Ethiopia is aggressively striving to achieve the Millennium development goals in the health sector.

He said the country has deployed 35,000 health extension workers all over the country to help it attain the MDGs.

The minister said the county is gaining impressive results in this regard.

Meanwhile, a warehouse constructed in Addis Ababa City with 400,000 USD by UNICEF was inaugurated here on Wednesday.

The fund for the refurbishment of the warehouse was secured from the Norwegian government.

The warehouse has an office and other facilities.

Chaiban said the warehouse will ensure efficient delivery of supplies which UNICEF supports on behalf of children and women, in particular with the government of Ethiopia.

Norwigian Ambassador to Ethiopia Jens-Peter Kjimprud on his part said his government is pleased to be part of this initiative.