Dr Mwinyi unveils building plans for Z'bar referral teaching hospital

13Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Dr Mwinyi unveils building plans for Z'bar referral teaching hospital

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi yesterday said that groundwork has begun for the construction of a new teaching and referral hospital for the Isles.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan congratulates Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi during yesterday’s celebrations to mark the 57th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution. Looking on are Zanzibar First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad and Dr Mwinyi’s wife, Mariam. Photo: Zanzibar State House

The facility will be put up at Binguni area in Unguja island, designed to decongest Mnazi Mmoja which currently serves as Zanzibar’s main hospital, the president said, at the climax of celebrations to mark 57 years of the Zanzibar Revolution at Mnazi Mmoja grounds.

The process has been engaged for building the hospital, he said, noting that the aim is to ensure our people receive better health services within the Isles.

Underlining that deliberate efforts continue to be taken in boosting health services, he said he had already held talks with various experts including doctors and other staff in the health sector to identify challenges facing them in order to find solutions thereof.

Citing a continuing shortage of medical specialists, he said the government will initiate a programme to educate doctors and other health sector staff to degree and diploma levels at universities and colleges within and outside the country.

 “We shall also continue to strengthen our capability in the provision of drugs and medical equipment in our hospitals and health centres in order to eradicate complaints from people who seek health services” he declared.

Regarding the provision of basic social services like clean and safe water along with power supply, President Mwinyi said his government will review current projects in both Unguja and Pemba to find out  if due diligence was properly exercised in setting up the projects.

As for challenges in the lands sector, he said that the Lands ministry has been instructed to work together with district and regional commissioners to finalise land conflicts by the end of this year. “I would not like to hear any person complaining being conned of his land,” he said.

The government will continue to stress on agriculture to enable the country to be self-sufficient in food and for export, seek to improve the irrigation infrastructures for rice farming in valleys to do away with farming that depends on rains, he stated.

 “Education to farmers will be boosted via demonstration farms and agricultural exhibitions held every year, in Unguja and Pemba in order to boost production,” he said.

President Mwinyi said his government intends to develop the blue economy sector as it was an important way to ensure fast economic growth.

 The blue economy encompasses various sectors including fishing, modern fish farming, sea-weed farming, oil and gas drilling and tourism, he said, asserting that these sectors will help a lot in providing employment for the people of Zanzibar and Tanzania generally.

The eighth phase government will continue with strengthening road construction in areas without roads to enhance economic activities, he said.

 “In seeking to make Zanzibar a trading hub for the east and central African zone, we shall improve services at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport as well as Pemba airport,” he said.

On education, the president said in 57 years the country has registered proud achievements like vast improvement of the education sector compared to pre 1964 period.

 “In the 57 years of the Revolution, Zanzibar has been able to have many professionals in the workforce who helped push our development plans. These are great achievements we must be proud of,” he told the gathering.

He directed institutions directly involved in the war against corruption to pull up their socks in the conduct of their duties to ensure the malpractice is brought to an end in the Isles.

 “The government will continue to take steps in strengthening the anti-graft body, the Zanzibar Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Authority (ZAECA)  to make it a big network having offices in all districts and regions,” he said.

He also pointed at the need for cooperation among Zanzibaris to relay important information as the war against corruption was not only a task for the government or the anti-graft agency.

With the two sides working together, corruption will become an old song in the Isles, thus enabling smooth flow of development to the people, he said..

In the coming financial year, the government will increase allocations for the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth to ensure it is more capable of serving the group which is the majority of the population, he affirmed..

Dr Mwinyi took time to comment on environmental cleanliness where he called upon various local authorities to ensure they intensify the cleaning campaign, as many places in the Isles were dirty and filthy.

Regional and district commissioners need to ensure they supervise cleanliness drives in their localities so that the exercise is continuous, pointing at the growth of technology and shortage of experts in various sectors as an issue that the government will prioritize.

“We need to sensitize our people to use the growing technology and especially given its emphasis on the use of clean energy in our daily lives,” he urged..

After the January 12 1964 revolution, Zanzibar united with Tanganyika on April 26 to form the United Republic, given the name Tanzania the following year. It adopted a two-government system with the Tanganyika government reconstituted as the Union administration and special dispensation left to Zanzibar authorities on non-Union matters. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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