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Tobacco firm donates 12m/- X-Ray to Moro Hospital

6th February 2013
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Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company Limited legal and corporate affairs director Richard Sinamtwa delivers a speech at a brief hand over of XRay processor valued at 12m/- donated by his firm to Morogoro Referral Hospital. Looking on (from L) are Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Dr Seif Said (R) and Morogoro Regional Medical Officer Dr Godfrey Mtei. (Photo: Guardian Correspondent)

The government has called upon health practitioners to control and make good use of aid/funds provided by health stakeholders.

Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Dr Self S. Rashid made the remarks on Monday when receiving a 12m/- worth state-of-the art X-Ray processor dubbed 'Automatic X-Ray Film Processor' donated by Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company Limited (TLTC) to the Morogoro Referral Hospital.
 
"You must be careful with unnecessary expenditure of aid/ funds provided to you by donors and those that are being collected by your institution," Dr Rashid said, citing an example of some of employee in one hospital who had the habit of swindling public funds by way of forging receipts.
 
The deputy minister called upon health sector practitioners to be more accountable for their roles to reduce government dependence and donations from stakeholders.
 
Referring to the donation, the minister said the move demonstrate a vivid example of public-private partnership, "Our colleagues are keen in seeing X-Ray services at Morogoro Referral Hospital are not strangled after one of the facility became faulty."
 
For his part, TLTC’s Group Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Richard Sinamtwa said the firm has donated the facility in line with its social responsibility programme that focuses on health, education and water.
 
He said public health protection and conservation of the environment are of paramount importance and require no emphasis by any, be it the government, stakeholders, including the tobacco sub sector.
 
Referring to afforestation, Sinamtwa said the tobacco sub-sector has mapped to plant 46.5m tree seedlings for the 2012/13 crop season.
 
On her part, the Morogoro Referral Hospital medical officer in-charge, Dr Rita Lyamuya said the donation is timely, as it has come at a time when the hospital is lacking such a machine.
 
"We have been carrying out X-Ray services under very difficult conditions and you should note that without such a machine, diagnosis and management of patient’s is cumbersome," she said.
 
Dr Lyamuya said the state of the art facility will greatly improve services as it takes between three to four minutes to process a picture.
 
"This will improve our services and we are sure many patients will come and receive their results at the shortest time possible," she said.
 
Earlier, in his brief report to the Deputy Minister, the Morogoro Referral Hospital Radiological Officer, Dr Alban Ndekeye, said the donation came as a result of good relationship between the hospital management and the tobacco firm.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN