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.