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Ethiopia works to reach 100 pct clean water coverage in 7 years

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.

The Ethiopian 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.

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