Ethiopia: 13 Canadian healthcare workers detained for improper practice

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Ethiopian authorities have detained 13 Canadian healthcare workers accused of improperly practising medicine in the East African nation.

The group is accused of distributing expired medicines and providing medical services without approval – charges denied by non-profit organisation Canadian Humanitarian. Ten volunteers are among those being detained while three Canadian employees and two Ethiopian employees were also taken into custody.

Ethiopia detains healthcare workers

The group of healthcare workers were travelling in Ethiopia’s northern city of Gondar when they were detained by authorities on Friday. After being taken into custody, the group was accused of improperly practising medicine in the country and they remain in detention.

However, Canadian Humanitarian defended the work carried out by the group in a statement on its website.

“Just like all of our trips, our team and organization followed all necessary steps and protocols to ensure our group had all permits needed to provide medical support and care while in Ethiopia. While we cannot comment on the specifics of the expiry of the medication, we can with confidence say that all medicine and care offered by our team was safe,” it said.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.