Govt plans to spend 150m/- in 2020/21 to construct three dispensaries

28May 2020
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Govt plans to spend 150m/- in 2020/21 to construct three dispensaries

THE government plans to spend 150m/- in the 2020/2021 financial year to construct three dispensaries in Tarime District Council in Mara region.

Tarime-Urban legislator, Ester Matiko

The project is part of the government’s efforts to improve provision of social services including the health sector whereas it is constructing dispensaries and health centers at every local government authority.

This was said in the National Assembly by the Ministry of State in the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government when responding to a question from Tarime-Urban legislator, Ester Matiko (Chadema).

The ministry stated that the government will not upgrade dispensaries to health centers, instead it is constructing new health facilities.

It said that in between 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 the government allocated 35 health workers to various health facilities in Tarime District.

“The ministry has secured permit to employ 610 doctors who will be allocated to districts with acute shortage of health workers including Tarime.

According to the ministry, various initiatives taken to improve provision of health services in the country are also meant to reduce child and maternal mortality rates.

In her question, Matiko was concerned that available dispensaries and health centers in Tarime provide medical services to a number of patients including those from nearby districts such as Tarime-Rural and Rorya.

She claimed that the Gamasara dispensary at Nyandoto ward also serves patients from Kongo and Kitere villages in Rorya District and Kewamba and Nyangisya villages in Tarime District.

“Over 50 percent of patients going to the dispensary are from far villages, why is the government not constructing dispensaries in these villages,” questioned Matiko.

She however asked whether the government had any plan to upgrade the available dispensaries into health centres to meet the demand.