The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is constructing an ultra-modern health centre in Dodoma municipality estimated to cost 5.2bn/-.
This was revealed by the Fund’s director general, Emmanuel Humba, when briefing Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Dr Lucy Nkya, who was on a tour of the Fund’s activities in the region.
He said the Fund had decided to construct the health centre following an acute shortages of reliable health facilities in the region, whose population and socio-economic activities are on the increase.
The DG said construction of the health centre started in 2009 and that, up to completion, an estimated 7.5bn/- would have been spent.
Humba named another project being implemented by the Fund as the construction of a state-of-the-art disease diagnostic centre at the University of Dodoma.
He explained that the preliminary costs estimate was 36.79bn/- for construction of the diagnostic centre with a wing for admitting patients.
The DG said the construction of the health centre and the diagnostic centre was in response to President Jakaya Kikwete’s call last year.
For his part, NHIF board chairman Deogratias Ntukamazina said due to lack of health centres in the municipality, the ever-increasing Dodoma population and its attendant socio-economic activities, they had asked the regional administration to provide them with a site for the construction of the two entities.
He called on the government to hold discussions with a Japanese organization, Tokushukai, with a view to securing medical equipment and experts to help run the diagnostic centre.
For her part, Nkya said construction of the health centre would benefit MPs who have been complaining that Dodoma regional hospital did not offer first class services. She challenged other regions to come up with similar projects.