Through its programme, Pamoja na Vodacom in collaboration with Doris Mollel Foundation they donated equipment worth 25m/-.
The equipment includes critical life saving equipment such as oxygen kits that will help pre -mature babies with breathing, heaters for keeping the newborns warm, machines for checking and monitoring blood sugar.
Others are gowns that will prevent the spread of infections from mother to child. Similar donations have been made to hospitals and health centres in various parts of the country all in efforts to save lives of preemies in Tanzania.
Government officials who attended the meeting were Minister of Mineral Angela Kairuki, who was accompanied by Antony Mavundethe Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labor, Employment, Youth and the Disabled and the Dodoma RC Dr. BinilithMahenge.
Speaking during the hand over event, Vodacom’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Rosalynn Mworia said, “Vodacom is committed to reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality rates and supports government efforts to improve the delivery of health services. We hope our donation will go a long way towards ensuring the survival of more women and children.”
Echoing her sentiments, Kairuki said, “This initiative comes at the right time as the government is embarking on a campaign to reduce maternal and child mortality rates in Tanzania.
We would like to thank the Vodacom Tanzania Foundation and Doris Mollel Foundation for supporting the country to address these challenges.”The equipment will play a crucial role in curbing complications that pre-mature babies encounter especially in the first four weeks of their lives.”
She called on health workers to ensure proper use of the equipment to save the lives of pre-mature babies saying, “I implore the health workers at Dodoma Referral Hospital to use these equipment. Do not let the machines get dusty, they are meant to save lives.”
Also present was the Dodoma Regional Commissioner Binilith Mahenge said that the fight against infant deaths in Tanzania is a matter of collective responsibility.
“This donation is a great show of solidarity to the ongoing campaign, Jiongeze – TuwavusheSalama and it aligns with the oath I took, together with other regional commissioners, where we promised to work towards the reduction of maternal and neo-natal mortality in Tanzania as per the governments strategic plan under the Ministry of Health.” he said.
On his part, Antony Mavunde, applauded Vodacom Tanzania Foundation to continue in their endeavour to assist women and girls across the country to improve their health, access better education and create new enterprises.