CAIRO: An Egyptian intensive care unit for cardiac surgery was inaugurated Saturday at Black Lion Hospital in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Saturday statement.
Renowned Egyptian-born British heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idris and members of the Ethiopian Parliament attended the opening.
“My visit with the Egyptian medical crew to Ethiopia represents the true bonds of the two peoples,” the statement quoted Yacoub as saying.
Yacoub, who received the Order of Merit from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in June, added, “This cooperation will continue and evolve to provide high-level medical service to Ethiopian citizens and save the lives of Ethiopian children and brothers who suffer heart diseases.”
The unit, which will mainly serve children, was funded by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry as part of growing medical cooperation between the two African countries, the statement said.
Several other Egyptian medical units specialized in a variety of conditions have recently been inaugurated in Ethiopia’s capital, including Saint Louis Hospital.
“The visit comes in the framework of an integrated system aimed at enhancing Egyptian-Ethiopian relations in all fields and on different tracks. Cooperation in the medical field has had direct positive effects on the lives of our Ethiopian brothers,” Idris said.
“The upcoming period will witness a lot of efforts and many mutual visits to develop cooperation between the two states and peoples,” the ambassador added.
Egyptian-Ethiopian relations became strained after Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, which many Egyptian politicians and experts say could result in a significant reduction in Egypt’s Nile water flow. Ethiopia claims that the dam will not have an impact on Egypt, and has said that the power to be generated by the dam is essential to the country’s development.
The political impasse eased after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi assumed power, and an exchange of “friendly” statements followed. Trilateral negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the dam are expected to resume in August, Anadolu reported earlier in July.