Govt,WB set aside 10.5 bn/ to improve post care services

14Nov 2018
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt,WB set aside 10.5 bn/ to improve post care services

THE government in collaboration with the World Bank(WB) have set aside 10.5 bn/ to construct seven centres to improve post care services along the Dar es salaam to Zambia road .

Permanent Secretary -Ministry for Health,Community Development,Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya said yesterday when  opening a training for  health providers held at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam.


He said out of the fund set, 8 bn/ will be used in investments while 2.5bn/ will be used for the  running of day to day scientific work or operations.


He named the centres as Kimara,Tumbi,Chalinze,Mikese,Morogoro,Mikumi,and  Ruaha Mbuyuni all  under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).


"The project is being implemented as a pilot started in 2016 aimed at dealing with rescuing and ferrying  casualties from the accident scenes to health centres because the Dar es Salaam /Zambia road is leading in road accidents, "he said.


Dr Ulisubisya added  that the project implemented as a pilot   will be    a catalyst for other similar projects to be undertaken countrywide.


He however, highlighted  the need for Tanzania Road Agency(TANROAD) to rework on the architectural of available roads  to free people from road crashes.


“The government  will invest in equipment  to facilitate fast movement of casualties during accidents. The equipment  will not wait for accidents but will also be used in any emergency matters, "he said


For his part,the Assistant Director,Disaster and Emergencies Management  Dr Elias Kwessi said that  project starts as a pilot in  Dar es Salaam,Morogoro and Iringa through  Kimara, Tumbi, Mikese, Morogoro, Mikumi and  Ruaha Mbuyuni.


He said the project involves different  stakeholders and is being  implemented under the  Ministry for Health,Community Development,Gender,Elderly and Children through MUHAS in collaboration  with Fire and Rescue Brigade, Tanzania People Defence Forces(TPDF),Tanroad), Red Cross, and the National Road Safety Council of Tanzania.


“We have already ordered fully equipped   ambulances from the manufacturers   including cutters  adding that the renovation  of the centres had started.


MUHAS, Vice Chancellor Prof  Aporinaly Kamuhabwa said his varsity had established special  curriculum for those trainees  on how to deal with casualties.


"This involves four weeks  training to health assistance, training to emergencies providers and how to handle phone communication related to emergencies, "he said.


Prof Kamuhabwa said in  the first phase  of twenty five experts will undergo training, adding that by February  next year they will be  200 experts.