For over eight years since the establishment of a well-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bunda District Hospital (BDH), the unit is yet to offer the services, Special Seats MP Ester Bulaya (CCM) said yesterday.
This has resulted in patients being compelled to travel hundreds of kilometres to get the service from Mara Regional Hospital or Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza.
The MP was seeking clarification on steps being taken by the government to employ ICU experts to work at the hospital.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare Dr Seif Rashid said ICU experts are currently stationed at the referral hospitals while the government looks for more doctors and experts.
He said ICU services are being provided by skilled staff. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) Mara Diocese owns BDH.
According to an agreement between the district council and ELCT, the government is to pay salaries to health staff and buy working equipment, tools, reagents and pay for professional advice.
The hospital owner is commissioned to find health staff and technical experts. The hospital has been provided with two graduate nurses who attended ICU courses at the Bugando Medical Centre.
He said government plans were in the pipeline to deploy an assistant doctor who has graduated in a six-month course for ICU service provision.