Govt chart training strategy to undo the shortage of anesthesia expert

20Jun 2019
Polycarp Machira
Dodoma
The Guardian
Govt chart training strategy to undo the shortage of anesthesia expert

SHORTAGE of anesthetists in several regions in the country is quite alarming forcing the government to encourage those currently on health training to engage them, the House heard yesterday.

deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Faustine Ndugulile.

Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children in collaboration with the ministry of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government have secured 400 positions for health workers in different training institutes in the country to take the course.

This was said by the deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Faustine Ndugulile while responding to a question from Special Seats MP, William Mgaya (CCM).

The MP said that most hospitals in Njombe region lacked health workers with ability to carry out anaesthesia, saying when the government would post them in the region.

She queried, “For a long time hospitals in Njombe region do not have health workers specialized in this field, when the government shall send them to the affected hospitals?”

But the deputy minister clarified that among those to study the field of health service, some are from Njombe region and once they complete studies they will be posted to different hospitals in the region too.

He further stated that in the 2018/2019, Njombe region in its centres trained five nurses from Ludewa district council, two from Makete, one each from Wanging’ombe,Njombe Town in one year course.

Ndugulile noted that the regional hospital sent two doctors to further studies in Master’s programme on anaesthesia in efforts to boost provision of quality health services .

He told the lawmakers that in the 2019/20, the government plans to sponsor some 12 health workers for one year course to improve provision of services at district levels.

Specialist anaesthetists are fully qualified medical doctors who hold a degree in medicine and spend at least two years working in the hospital system.

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