Govt plans to purchase 195 ambulances in 2022/23 FY

23Jun 2022
Polycarp Machira
Dodoma
The Guardian
Govt plans to purchase 195 ambulances in 2022/23 FY

THE government plans to purchase 195 ambulances before the end of 2022/2023 financial year to be distributed to district councils across the country, it has been revealed.

Deputy Minister in the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government, Dr Festo Dugange.

The plan to purchase motor vehicles was revealed in the parliament yesterday by the deputy Minister in the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government, Dr Festo Dugange when responding to a question asked by the Special Seats MP, Tecla Ungele (CCM).

In her question, the Member of Parliament wanted to know when the government would provide ambulances to district hospitals in Liwale, Nachingwea and Kilwa.

In his response, Dr Dugange provided assurance that the government was full committed to purchasing the ambulances.

The deputy minister said during the 2021/2022 the government dished out 1.04bn/- to Babati District Council for the construction of the district hospital, health centre, one house for the medical staff and completion of the dispensary.

He said the government was full aware of the dire need of mortuary at Gidas Health Centre. He noted that the government would soon begin the construction of Gidas Health Centre and that it was in the process of looking for funding procedures.

In her supplementary question Special Seats legislator, Munde Tambwe (CCM) also wanted the government to look on the possibilities of increasing health centres in Tabora municipality which she said had almost 600,000 people, adding that at least 20 pregnant women were giving birth every day.

According to the deputy minister, the government would soon make thorough assessment on areas that have higher population but its people could not have access to medical facilities due to longer distance.

The assessment further will look on the ways to upgrade some dispensaries to health centres, according to Dr Dugange.

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