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177 thousand Ethiopians lose their lives annually due to low-quality healthcare

An international study shows more than 177 thousand Ethiopians lose their lives annually due to low-quality healthcare. The development of health care that started in the past years in developing countries was hindered by living style related health problems. Although different measures were taken to improve the health care system, there still lies a large gap in the provision of quality health care.  Dr. Margareth Kruk, the co-commissioner of a study done on Mortality due to low-quality health systems in the universal health coverage era, says there are 8.6 million deaths every year in low- and middle-income countries — that could have been amenable with good-quality health systems. Dr. Munir Kassa, Director of Health Service Quality at Ministry of health said that in addition to providing access to care, health care provider’s ability of understanding the status of the patient by asking how the patient feels will be a measure of the health care service quality. Even though Ethiopia is seen as a role model for giving attention to the health sector, health minister, Dr. Amir Aman, says the country faces gap in the process of keeping its quality.