The government has allocated funds in this year’s budget for the maintenance of public hospital facilities, particularly X rays, CT scans and ultrasound equipment.
This is after several years of delays to pay Philips Company, the sole firm contracted to repair the hospital facilities.
The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Suleiman Rashid said this yesterday while reacting to a supplementary question Luhaga Mpina (Kisesa, CCM).
He said although the ministry was yet to table its budget, the share for contracting the company to repair the hospital machines was there.
The lawmaker said regardless of the government’s efforts to finance health checkups in hospitals with specialist doctors, still facilities like CT Scan and OGB, at Muhimbili National Hospital have not been working for more than a year.
He revealed in their absence, patients have been forced to seek the services to private hospitals which are very expensive.
It costs between 150,000/- and 450,000/- for such services, while at MNH they could get them at 50,000/-.
Responding, the deputy minister said the running down of the equipment was due to the government’s failure to pay Philips to do the maintenance.
He said however that in the 2012/2013 budget, the government has allocated to pay Philips for it to repair all the dysfunctioning facilities.
“The government has decided to pay the company to repair all the facilities at MNH and other public hospitals,” he stressed.
Thuwaiba Idris Muhammed (Special Seats, CUF) asked if the government has plans to build military hospitals like that of Lugalo in other parts of the country in order to improve medical services.