Maurel Prom builds ward for Mtwara Rural villagers

13Feb 2017
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
Maurel Prom builds ward for Mtwara Rural villagers

PREGNANT women from the four villages of Msimbati, Ruvula, Mnuyo and Mtandi in Mtwara Rural District have a reason to smile after Maurel Prom Exploration Production Tanzania Limited built a modern maternity ward to help them deliver safely.

Maurel Prom’s General Manager, Christopher Maitre said after handing over the ward to a nurse-in-charge of the facility, Habiba Lisuma that the French based oil and gas exploration firm is committed to improving community services.

“We have decided to build a modern ward at Msimbati to save the lives of mothers and their newborns after we discovered that lack of a modern maternity is a major impediment hindering women from to deliver in a safe environment,” Maitre said last weekend.

He called upon pregnant women from surrounding villages to attend clinics regularly until delivery and during post-delivery period when babies become safe.

Maitre said the France based firm which is exploring oil and gas in the country has an obligation to invest on health facilities to grow a health generation.

“This is part of our corporate social responsibility to ensure that people have access to better health services in areas where we operate,” he noted.

Apart from the maternity ward, the company also donated beds, wheelchair and weighing scales worth 3.5m/- to be used at the facility.

Speaking after receiving the ward, nurse in charge, Habiba Lisuma thanked Maurel Prom management for the building which will help pregnant mothers deliver safely.

Lisuma requested the company’s management to also consider giving more equipment including autoclave machines, placenta pits, haemaque machines and delivery kits to enable the hospital staff provide better services.

“We also request the company to help us access safe and clean water so that our pregnant women and equipment that will be used, can be safe,” she noted.

Currently the facility has only one doctor and a nurse hence requiring more personnel.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Msimbati Village Executive Officer, Salum Kingala expressed gratitude to Maurel Prom for building the ward saying it’s a big relief for mothers and children.

“We hope the company will not be tired to continue supporting us in various social services,” Kingala noted.

Msimbati village which was officially established in 1975, has over 4,013 people of which 1,988 are women. Agriculture, fishing activities and small businesses are the main activities conducted in the village.

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