NGO donates Sh31.4 medical equipment to Moro district council

17Feb 2018
James Kandoya
The Guardian
NGO donates Sh31.4 medical equipment to Moro district council

A CHILD rights and humanitarian organisation, Plan International, has donated Sh31.4m worth of items to improve the health sector in Kilombero district council, Morogoro region.

Ifakara Plan International manager Majani Rwambali handed over the items recently to district executive director (DED) Dennis Londo.

Rwambali said the institution had started to collaborate with the district council in implementing health services delivered by the health centre since 2016, adding that one of it was to supply medical equipment in 48 councils.

He mentioned the items as microscopes (5), weigh scales (48), BP testing gadgets (48), and stethoscopes (48), all worth Sh31.4m.

The donation was channelled through the sponsorship of Daaichi- Sankyo from Japan, adding that their organisation will continue to help the council by reaching 48 health centres every month.

For his part, DED Dennis Londo applauded the donation made by Plan international Tanzania and said that it showed that they were collaborating with the council.

Londo said the items will simplify the work of health staff in health centres and dispensaries identified in the project.

He said the items will improve the health of the people, especially pregnant mothers and children under five years of age, and further assured the donors that they will be well used and maintained.

Kilombero District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr Samwel Lema said apart from this year’s donation, the organisation had donated two motor vehicles used to improve vaccination to mothers and children.

Dr Lema added that the vaccination rate had increased from 70 to 90 per cent since the vehicles were used to distribute vaccination drugs to mothers and children.

Council Vaccine Coordinator Nendaeli Malugu said every health centre will have diagnostic tools for pregnant mothers and children under five years, adding that the medical equipment will be distributed to three zones, namely Mang'ula, Mngeta na Mlimba.