Mabwepande residents commend government for construction of hospital

01Jul 2021
Daniel Semberya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mabwepande residents commend government for construction of hospital

Water is a potential resource which if properly utilised with gender sensitive management systems will contribute significantly in unlocking women’s labour potential which is used in fetching domestic water.

Mabwepande district hospital, Kinondoni Municipality, which was launched in February this year by President Samia Suluhu Hassani, when she was still the Vice President, in its completion stages. Photo: Correspondent Daniel Semberya.

Speaking with the paper in an exclusive interview this week chairperson of Bunju B, Knowledge Centre at Mabwepande Ward in Kinondoni District Council, Farida Seif commended that government for supplying water to their place.

“Currently our place gets around 95 per cent of clean, and safe water which is critical for the interventions directed at empowering women and girls.”

She said that formerly women and girls were waking up early in the morning to fetch water from a distant area. “So, we spend many hours doing household chores and little hours in economic activities. But we are now working smoothly,” she noted.

For her part, Halima Mnikita, one of the local leaders at Bunju B Street, concurred with her fellow leader by commending the government for ensuring they are supplied with enough water, which is an essential utility for their livelihoods.

However, she has urged the government to walk the talk by ensuring other areas, like Mboko, where they have already laid down water pipes are connected to the main water pipes.

Other findings have indicated that around 60 percent of Tanzanians now have access to improved water, although levels of access vary.

Over 50 per cent face collection times of over 30 minutes, time that could be spent in school or work. Only 60 per cent of water points are functional.

Other persistent problems include water quality, reliability and affordability: Tanzanians typically spend 5 per cent of their household expenditure on water compared to the global norm of 2 per cent.
Juma Ally Songo, apart from praising the government for ensuring they have water, he has urged it to address challenges faced in education, infrastructure, environment and health.

Songo has said that it is good that the construction of the Mabwepande District Hospital that was launched by President Samia Suluhu Hassani on the 6th February, 2021, is on its completion stages, however, he has called upon the government to construct a dispensary at Bunju B, which will attend emergency cases.

“Bunju B Street has a population of between 500,000 and 700,000 of people, so we urgently need a dispensary, as the national policy requires.”

Commenting on the call for the construction of a dispensary at Bunju B, Mabwepande Ward Councillor, Mr Muhadirina Kasimu Obama said that the plans are underway. Saying that he has already presented the request to the district council for further actions.

Likewise, he has said that plans are underway to construct a primary school for Bunju B, so as to protect pupils from being knocked down by speed vehicles when closing the road to attend classes on the other side of the road.

“The plot for that purpose has been allocated and the engineer has already surveyed the site, the construction will begin any time from now.”

However, she confessed that the challenges facing his ward were land disputes and poor infrastructures.

When reached for comment over a telephone interview, on how he was going to address the mentioned challenges in one of his constituencies, Member of Parliament for Kawe, Askofu Josephat Gwajima has promised to address them after the closing of this financial budget!

“The Bunge Budget will be closed today (yesterday), so, I know those challenges my voter, and I am going to deal with them, especially feeder roads, among others,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Mabwepande residents have applauded the government for taking stern measures to combat offences of craving for wealth like banditry, break-ins, and robbery which were on increase when this paper reported a few weeks ago.

Chairperson of Mabwepande Knowledge Centre, Fatuma Nuru said that the offences which had flourished were now rapidly decreasing after local leaders in collaboration with police force joined efforts to curb the situation.

Mabwepande Ward Executive Officer Mr. Abel Silaa said that the robbery incidents have decreased after the ward authority had decided to form Sungusungu local militia.

“It is our hope if the sungusungu local militia is in place, it will to a great extent help to address these offences.”
Again, Silaa has called upon the Police force to give a helping hand to their Sungusungu local militia to eliminate gangs of thugs in their areas.

“The presence of several police posts in our places will help end banditries and robberies being carried out by bad gangs even during open daylight, he noted.

For his part, Mabwepande Ward Councillor, Muhadirina Kasimu Obama said that the ward authority in collaboration with residents of Mabwepande and the police force have been working tirelessly to eradicate robbery offences in their areas.

Obama has called upon the Mabwepande residents to have patience and trust their government because it is working vigorously to ensure they live peacefully.

Recently, Tanzania has been investing heavily to improve the infrastructure of primary health facilities development to offer essential health services close to communities at affordable costs while ensuring better outcomes. 

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