Briefing an Airtel Tanzania Plc’s delegation that visited the area last week, Eng Kanansi said that construction work which has reached 87 percent of completion has been delayed by heavy rain which pounded the region earlier this year.
“Initially the hospital was supposed to be completed in May this year but it was delayed by heavy rains which destroyed infrastructure,” he said when Airtel Tanzania’s Public Relations Manager, Jackson Mmbando and his delegation visited the site.
He paid tribute to President John Magufuli’s administration for ensuring that such mega infrastructure projects are implemented by local contractors. “Formerly such big projects were undertaken by foreign contractors but now we are showing that local contractors can also deliver,” Eng Kanansi noted.
The Suma JKT Project Manager further noted that currently they are working on floor finishing, electrical system installation and plastering. “I would like to commend the Fifth Phase Government in collaboration with Airtel Tanzania Plc for supporting construction of this hospital which upon completion, will not only serve Chamwino residents but all Tanzanians,” he added.
Airtel Tanzania’s Mmbando said the telco which is a subsidiary of Indian based Bharti Airtel Plc, is closely following the construction of the hospital to see progress being made by the contractor. “As Airtel we are proud to be associated with this hospital which we are sponsoring,” Mmbando said noting that the financing is part of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility, which among other areas, also focuses on investment in the health sector.
He said the telco recognizes the importance of a health community so that it can effectively do business and earn profits past of which is invested in social services including health and education. The Airtel Tanzania PR Manager explained that in order to improve its services in Chamwino District, the company has already opened four Airtel Money branches including at the hospital’s construction site.