TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has given out TSh3.4 billion (US$1.45m) to expand and develop five public hospitals in Ruvuma Region.

Regional Commissioner Colonel Laban Thomas has said mentioned the hospitals as Ruvuma Regional Referral Hospital, Nyasa, Mbinga, Madaba and Songea hospitals.

He said the Ruvuma Regional Referral Hospital is being expanded at the cost of TSh2.7 billion (US$1.16m) in the first phase.

He said the development of Ruvuma Regional Referral Hospital include the construction of Outpatient Department (ODP), radiation therapy ward and houses for staff.

According to Col Thomas, the government provided TSh856 million (US$0.37m) to facilitate the construction of nine houses for staff and TSh900 million (US$0.39m) for the construction of Emergency Medical Department (EMD) in Tunduru, Nyasa and Madaba hospitals in Ruvuma Region.

He also said the government has built twelve public health centres in Ruvuma at the cost of TSh7.8 billion (US$3.34m).

Commenting on availability of medicines and medical equipment in health centres, Col Thomas said availability of medicines currently stands at 96 per cent in health centres in the region.

Nyasa Member of Parliament Ms Stella Manyanya commended the government for improvement of health care infrastructure in hospitals and health centres in the constituency, saying the move has help ease access of health care services to the citizens.

Govt to construct modern facility at Moi teaching and referral hospital

Meanwhile, the Kenyan government is set to construct a modern 2,000 bed Multi-specialty facility at the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital in Kiplombe area, as part of ongoing reforms aimed at enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare in the country.

Speaking in Eldoret during a tour of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha said the designs of the facility are ready with the government seeking for a proper financing mechanism to kick off the project.

CS Nakhumicha said this project will place the MTRH at a sound pedestal in her contribution to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage for the Kenyan people.

In addition the CS said the Ministry of Health will assist with equipping and staffing of two hospitals whose construction is expected to be completed in the next one and half years.

“The Ministry of Health will address the budgetary needs raised by MTRH Management to ensure MTRH meets all her Staffing, Training, Equipment and other needs,” said the health CS.

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