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Speech of Hon`ble Mr Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister, Govt of India, on the occasion of Inauguration of Tele-medicine programme under Ethiopia Pilot Project.
Source : Embassy of India in Ethiopia

Excellency Mr. Tefera Walwa, Minister of Capacity Building,
Excellency Dr. Tewodros Adhanom, Minister of Health,
Mr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Director General of EICTDA,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the nodal centre for tele-medicine at the Black Lion Hospital. A short while ago I had the privilege of inaugurating the pilot project for tele-education at Addis Ababa University. Health security is a prime requirement in any society and we are happy through the project to be able to strengthen our cooperation with Ethiopia in this vital sector.


      The tele-medicine programme will bring benefits of healthcare closer to the people. Patients will no longer be required to travel to far off places to avail expensive and expert medical advice. Super Speciality Hospitals in India will be able to provide consultations to hospitals located even in remote areas that are equipped with the required medical equipments like ECG, ultrasound, pathological tests and X-ray.

I am happy that the programme also includes Continuing Medical Education which will lead to sharing of information and skill enhancement of doctors and nurses. Since the programme is expandable, Ethiopia will be able to add the CME to other hospitals and medical colleges, which will help build capacity.

I am also happy to know that the Ethiopian government desires to expand the tele-medicine programme to twenty other hospitals and clinics, for which they are already in contact with the TCIL. This will expand the reach of the programme to benefit people in different parts of the country. We would be happy to be partners in this greater effort.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Ministers of Capacity Building, Health and Education and the Director General of EICTDA, and the doctors and staff at the Black Lion Hospital for providing their invaluable support for enabling this Indo-Ethiopian tele-medicine project to successfully take off.

We in India are happy to be part of Ethiopia?s efforts to provide better health care to its citizens.

Thank you.

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