ADDIS ABABA-- Ethiopia has inaugurated a national forensic pathology centre which will enable it to provide DNA testing services locally.

The National Forensic Pathology Center, set up by the Millennium Medical College of St. Paul Hospital in Addis Ababa, has become the first centre to provide DNA testing services in thecountry, its deputy medical provost, Dr Birhane Redae, says.

He told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) here Tuesday that the centre would have a special advantage to the country as it provides all types of forensic services. Since autopsy is the only service provided in the country previously, Ethiopia was forced to send samples abroad for forensic diagnosis.

However, the newly opened centre will change all this as it has the capacity to provide all the services, Dr Berhane said.

Balkachew Nigatu, the academic and research provost at the hospital, said training has been provided to local pathologists since 2016 to ease the shortage of such professionals.

Memoranda of Understanding were signed with different countries to enable the trainees to learn from experiences of specialists in the field, he said.

Ethiopia began forensic services 50 years ago at Minilik Hospital. Recently, Abet Hospital in Addis Ababa and Aider Hospital in Tigray Region, started providing the service.