Minister for Health and Social welfare Dr. Hadji Mponda has urged the new board of trustees of the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) to restore the status of the hospital.
The challenge was thrown yesterday in Dar es Salaam during the launch of new members of the MNH board of trustees by the minister.
“We should not witness our specialist doctors handing small matters which could be solved at dispensaries”, Dr. Mponda stressed.
According to him, with cooperating with the city the board of trustees has to review the entire referral system.
he said this was possible because the government has upgraded the municipal hospitals by increasing their capacity of handling more patients.
Meanwhile, the city council has entered into an agreement with CCBRT hospital which is going to be expanded and operate as a referral hospital for Dar es Salaam region.
Furthermore, he noted that it was wise to have health centers in several parts of the city so that patients should not be troubled to go to the city centre for treatment.
Also, he requested the board of trustees to restore the outreach program whereby specialist doctors will have a schedule of visiting patients in city hospitals.
The minister also requested the board to facilitate an eight storey private hospital project at MNH that will be used as a source of income for those private patients who are going to use it.
“Within two years the building will be complete and ready to operate; the project will help in generating income for the hospital,” he said.
For his part, chairman of the board Prof. Joseph Kuzilwa said he believed the board would be able to shoulder the task ahead.
“I have been given a big task by the government because MNH is the core centre of treatment in Tanzania, so I recognize the importance of improvement of its services and strengthening its infrastructure and maintaining it,” Prof. Kuzilwa said.