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Tigo donates motorbikes for health care in Mwanza Region

8th February 2012
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The mobile network provider, TIGO, has donated five motorbikes to Misungwi District Council in Mwanza Region to facilitate in the discharging of health services.

A statement issued yesterday said Misungwi District Hospital caters for a population of almost 316,690, attending to about 100 patients a day.

The handover ceremony for the donation was held on Monday at the hospital, and the motorbikes were presented on behalf of Tigo by the firm’s territory manager, Lake Region, Joseph Mutalemwa.

 

Dr Marco Mwita Magesa, the District Medical Officer received them on behalf of the centre. 

 

The motorbikes will be used as a rapid response to a medical emergency, providing speedier healthcare for sick people, for whom transport can mean a difference between life and death.

“Access to health structures is particularly difficult in rural areas where there are long distances to cover and transport facilities are limited,” Mutalemwa said.

“The motorbikes will provide affordable and practical solution to overcoming some of the main logistical barriers for people in the district facing problems in accessing health care services,” he added.

For his part, Communications, Science and Technology deputy minister Charles Muhangwa Kitwanga said: “We would like to thank Tigo for the motorbikes  donation, and for Misungwi Council for administering their use across the district. The donation will be of great assistance to those in need of health services in the district. We would also like to encourage other companies to follow Tigo’s example in helping in this critical sector, which faces several challenges, especially in rural areas.”

The motorbike doctors will leave the hospital everyday to over services in 15 remote health centres, according to the Acting Medical Officer, Marco Mwita Magesa, adding that some of them are as far as 135 kilometres away.

The centres in the coverage area include Mahando, Mwamboku, Lubili, Gambajinga, Nkinga, Mwawile, Busongo, Koromije, Idetemya, Misasi and Ikungumhulu, he said.

They will return with samples packed in special backpacks to protect them from heat and vibration the same day, he said.

Patients who might have waited months to get sample results will now get them in just a couple of days, he added.

“The primary focus is to improve access to health care during childbirth, in particular emergency obstetric care services, and help women and their babies receive medical follow up after delivery,” said Dr Magesa.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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