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New Working Structure Introduced To Enable Privately Owned Health Centers Provide Efficient Services To The Public

A new working mechanism has been introduced so as to enable privately owned health centers provide more efficient services to the public, the director of heath services at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Berhane Gebretinsae, and the head of regulations and services, Dr. Tesfai Solomon, stated in a press briefing.
Asmara, 13 November, 2010- A new working mechanism has been introduced so as to enable privately owned health centers provide more efficient services to the public, the director of heath services at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Berhane Gebretinsae, and the head of regulations and services, Dr. Tesfai Solomon, stated in a press briefing.

Evaluating the existing structure, the new work mechanism aims to introduce a more qualitative health services for the public and that a more consolidated system was found to be more efficient, the two health officials stated.

Although the Government has been encouraging the development of such private centers as per Proclamation 74/95, Mr. Berhane and Dr. Tesfai pointed out that their services and equipments lacked efficiency. They went on to indicate that no signs of improvement have been registered despite the regular remedial measures taken to improve the services provided by these private centers. Hence, a new work mechanism was introduced as the best option.

Another reason that prompted the introduction of such a step was the fact that out of the 53 private clinics and health centers, 34 were located within the capital city. The health officials pointed out that these private centers have not shown any progress as expected, some of them even lacking the basic laboratory services.

Regarding the availability of trained professionals within these centers, Dr. Tesfai and Mr. Berhane said that 90% of the people working in such centers are regular employees within various intuitions of the Health Ministry. Such a situation has had a negative impact on the efficiency of services provided by government centers, the two officials underlined.

Stating that the objective of encouraging the opening of private health centers was for them to serve as a support for services provided by the Government and not act as a replacement, the health officials emphasized that the new mechanism will be instrumental in rectifying the existing problems in such centers.

Mr. Berhane and Dr. Tesfai further explained that the necessary preparations have been made so that the public can receive the services they need in a more organized manner.

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