‘Relese Covid-19 data, allocate testing centres’

09Jul 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
‘Relese Covid-19 data, allocate testing centres’

FOR Tanzania to win the confidence of the international community in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic, the country must release comprehensive statistics on the same and allocate testing centres, it has been advised.

The National Convention for Construction and Reform (NCCR–Mageuzi) Chairman James Mbatia said at a press conference yesterday that there is need to provide education to the public for more precautions saying the situation in the country’s hospitals was alarming.

According to Mbatia Tanzania has only one testing centre which is located at the country's main health laboratory saying it takes days for one to get the results.

“We need to be proactive as leaders, let us issue data on the pandemic so that we in turn get the trust from the public and the international community,” he said.

Mbatia lined up a number of issues that the president should address including the increase in fuel prices, Bank of Tanzania (BoT) audit report and the supremacy of the constitution especially on a ban on political rallies.

On supremacy of the constitution, Mbatia said democracy is a tool for economic development saying the ban on rallies does not only go against the country’s laws but also denies politicians and Tanzanians their basic right of freedom of association.

On the BoT report, Mbatia said there is need to make it public so that Tanzanians may know what really happened for such irregularities to happen as reported.

“The president has on several times said she will be open on running the government, she should implement this by letting the report public so that it is easily seen by Tanzanians,” he said.

On fuel crisis, Mbatia said the government should handle the matter with care as it may scare away investors and port users.

On Wednesday this week, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic is prevalent in Tanzanian major cities and reiterating her call for people to take precautions recommended by experts.

The president revealed that there already are patients in Arusha, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

Bugando zonal referral hospital said earlier this week that it was appealing for oxygen donations after recording an unprecedented increase in cases of Covid-19.

The hospital was seeking 500 oxygen cylinders on a daily basis to help the increasing number of patients with breathing complications at the facility.