‘Govt spent 8.8bn for upkeep, building of new health centers in Tabora

22Feb 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
‘Govt spent 8.8bn for upkeep, building of new health centers in Tabora

THE government has disbursed 8.8bn/- for maintenance and construction of new hospitals and health centers in Tabora Region in a period of between 2015 and 2019.

The move is aimed at improving provision of health services as well as bringing them closer to the people. The hospitals to be equipped with modern medical equipment will see Tabora residents getting quality health services near their residential areas.

“Residents will no longer walk for distances in search of medical treatment at the regional hospital, newly constructed health centers will have all needed equipment,” said Tabora Regional Commissioner, Aggrey Mwanri.

He was presenting a report on implementation of the ruling party’s election manifesto to members of CCM Central Committee in Tabora Region.

Mwanri informed that of the monies, 3bn/- have been spent on construction of Sikonge and Uyui district hospitals whose implementation has reached 97 percent.

He said the region spent 1bn/- to renovate Zogolo, Upuge and Nzega health centers. He said a total of 4.8bn/- was spent to repair various health centers namely Simbo in Igunga, Ulyankulu at Kaliua , Ussoke in Urambo, Kitunda and Kipili in Sikonge, Busondo and Ussoke Mlimani in Urambo district.

Other renovated health centers includes, Igurubi, Maili Tano, Igalula in Uyi district and construction of maternity and newborn ward at Nzega district hospital.

CCM Ideology Secretary in Urambo district, Obed Balola urged district authorities to encourage residents to enroll with improved Community Health Fund (CHF) to be able to access quality health services at lower cost.

He said the region has a total of 421,023 households whereas only 5,780 households have been enrolled with CHF.

“We still have a good number of people who do not have access to free medical care at our facilities. We need to encourage them to enroll with the system to access medical services even when they do not have money,” he noted.

Manonga Member of Parliament, Seif Gulamali applauded the government for disbursing funds for implementation of various projects in the region including renovation and construction of hospitals.