ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian government on Thursday unveiled its
plan to provide clean potable water for the whole population
during the coming 7 years period.
Revealing the east
African country’s plan to provide clean potable water for its
people in the coming 7 years period, Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopian
Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, also indicated
that some 65 million Ethiopians have access to potable water in
Ethiopia as of last month, the end of the Ethiopian year.
According to the
World Bank, Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous nation
with a population of 102.4 million in 2016.
According to Bekele,
the Ethiopian government is working to realize the target in
line with the country’s ambition to become a middle-income
country by 2025 and the country’s second 5-year Growth and
Transformation Plan (GTP II), due effective from 2015 to 2020.
The revised target
for the provision of potable water envisages 85 percent rural
Ethiopians to have access to potable water with in 1km radius
area during the GTP II period. The target also aims to address
75 percent of urban dwellers with access to clean drinking water
during the reported period.
The east African
country has recently announced a major increase in the number of
people receiving medical services at health institutions,
reaching 75 million from the previously 20 million a decade ago.
Ministry of Health indicated that the increase in health
coverage is attributed to the installation of new health centers
throughout the country. The number of health posts has increased
from 10,000 in 2007 to over 16,000, health stations from 700 to
3,000, and hospitals from 93 to 311.