The Seventh Day Adventist Church yesterday dished out assorted items worth 3m/- to three hospitals in Arusha to celebrate 51 years of Tanzania’s independence.
Hospitals benefitting from the donation include Mount Meru, St Elizabeth and Oltumeti Hospitals all located within the city of Arusha.
Among the donated items were 210 pieces of bedsheets, assorted food and laundry items.
Speaking soon after handing over the donation, at Mount Meru Hospital, the head of the Arusha Central SDA Church, Pastor Enock Sando said: “We decided to offer this support as part of our mass taking into account that today, the nation is celebrating 51 independence anniversary.”
“Patients in hospitals need love and care…so that we give them hope that is why we’re here today. We know that what we have is meager but it will make them believe that there are people out there who are taking care of them,” says Pastor Sando, who was accompanied by the SDA north-east leader, Waziri Ojuku.
Arusha central SDA church patron, Peter Kavuta also called upon the public to inculcate habit of assisting the needy people in the community.
Receiving the donation, senior medical officer, at Mount Meru Regional Hospital, Dr. Josiah Mlay commended the SDA church for the support, saying: “It has come at the right time, when we needed most.”
Dr. Mlay appealed to other well-wishers to emulate the SDA church spirit, by supporting people like patients, who need support and care from the public.