Geita to host zonal referral 'tourism' hospital

18Jun 2019
Songa wa Songa
Geita
The Guardian
Geita to host zonal referral 'tourism' hospital

GEITA region has been chosen to host a state-of-the-art zonal referral hospital to serve Lake Zone regions and neighbouring countries.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu said here on Sunday that the decision has already been made and plans are underway to kick off the project.

Speaking during the commemoration of the day of African child which she graced as guest of honour, Mwalimu said the hospital will be a state of the art facility that will serve not only the populous Lake Zone alone but also neighbouring countries.

"The referral hospital will also serve Great Lakes countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, " she said.

The project, the minister said, is more than a hospital as it has been designed for medical tourism to attract patients from other countries.

That means it will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed by highly-trained personnel.

"Geita region has been chosen to serve as the centre of Tanzania's medical tourism, " the minister said.

Earlier, Busanda MP Lolensia Bukwimba lamented over the state of the Geita regional hospital--a former district hospital which she said is overstretched.

The commemoration event took place at Katoro township and was co-organized by civil society organisations including Plan International.

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991,when it was first initiated by the the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). It honours those who participated in the South Africa's Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.

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