Shinyanga regional authority is set to build a new ultra-modern hospital to reduce the overwhelming congestion of patients in the current hospital.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Aggrey Mwanri revealed this yesterday when responding to a question by Msalala MP, Ezekiel Maige (CCM) who wanted to know government strategies to expand and improve health service delivery in Kahama District Hospital.
The MP also wanted to know whether the government was considering elevating the Kahama District Hospital to a regional status so as to enable it serve the entire region.
In his reaction, Mwanri said through the Shinyanga regional consultative committee, it was resolved that in order to address patients’ congestion at the current hospital there is a need to come up with a new regional hospital.
The minister stated that about 100 acres of land have been secured to accomplish the proposed project.
“For the 2013/14, a total of 1.0bn/- has been allocated for the proposed modern regional health facility,” Mwanri stated, revealing that the regional authority has already submitted an additional 4.0bn/- for the construction of an Out-Patient Department (OPD) ward.
He noted that the government will continue with its efforts to maintain the current Health Centres including Chela Health center in Kahama so that they continue providing competitive health services in respective areas and reduce patients’ congestion at the Kahama District Hospital.
For the 2011 and 2012 financial years, a total of 240,011,206/- was spent to improve dispensaries of Nundu, Buganzo, Mwanziba and Kalagwa located in Msalala constituent.
He however noted that the government in collaboration with ‘wananchi’ will continue building 48 dispensaries and four health centres.
According to Mwanri, for the 2012/13 year, the government is set to build two houses for medical staff and Ntobo B dispensary at a tune of 40,542,772/-.
He also noted that Kahama District Hospital is serving people from Msalala and Kahama constituencies in the region and the government is set to improve services in phases. In the 2011/12 financial year, Kahama District Council was given 60,125,300/- which was spent in building one ward, rehabilitating a lab and staff housing. And by 2012/13, a total of 29,011,000/- was allocated to improve power at the hospital as well as improving sewerage system at the hospital.