His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi for a tour of the Heart and Cancer Centre (HCC). He was accompanied by a delegation of cabinet ministers and government officials.This was part of an official state visit aimed at boosting the ties between Kenya and Ethiopia.
The Premier commended Aga Khan University Hospital for their efforts to curb the growing need of world class care for chronic diseases in Africa, including heart disease and cancer by establishing the state of the art Heart and Cancer Centre, a regional asset with an investment of over USD 50M.
The HCC is also a part of the Aga Khan University Faculty of Health Sciences, the only facility in the region involved in training doctors in the fields of cardiology and oncology. He noted that the Ethiopian government is interested in collaborationand partnership with Aga Khan University Hospital in Cardiology and Oncology specialties, in a bid to help Kenya and Ethiopia reduce heart and cancer related diseases.He further praised the hospital for its diversity in job creation through employment of professionals from all East African Countries and beyond, including professionals from the diaspora noting that this is a positive way forward to curb job attrition to the west.
He was received by Dr. Greg Moran, Provost, Aga Khan University, Professor Robert Armstrong, Dean, Medical college, Asmita Gillani, Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospital and Aziz Bhaloo, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network.