Govt promises enough funds to equip all new health centres

13Apr 2021
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Govt promises enough funds to equip all new health centres

​​​​​​​THE government has assured that during the next financial year it would allocate enough funds to equip all newly-built health centres with required medical experts and facilities, the House was informed yesterday.

David Silinde.

Deputy minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), David Silinde said that the next budget would take into account buying essential facilities and distribute in areas where the buildings had been built but lacked the facilities.

Responding to a supplementary question by Aida Khenani (Nkasi-Chadema), Silinde said he had already communicated with the ministry responsible for health about this and it was assured of setting aside a budget for that purpose.

In her question, the lawmaker wanted to know the government's plans on improving health service delivery at   Nkasi district hospital.

In her supplementary question, Urambo legislator Magreth Sitta also raised concern about poor service delivery at   Urambo district hospital due to the acute shortage of health staff, something which affects service provision.

She said the installed ultra-sound machines were crucial for serving mothers and children at the hospital.

Responding, the deputy minister explained that they are currently working closely with the health ministry to ensure that enough allocate enough health staff in various hospitals.

In her basic question, Special-Seats Mp Jacquelene Msongozi (CCM), sought government’s plan to construct health centres at six wards of Tinginya, Muhimba, Kalulu,   Mindu, and Narasi West and Narasi East  in  Tunduru district.

Silinde explained that the government continues improving health infrastructures and building new ones in a bid to improve health service delivery in the country by continued allocation of budget for that purpose.

“During the financial year 2020/21 the government has set aside 200m/- for completing construction of 4 buildings for the dispensary in the Tunduru district council.”

He affirmed that the government would continue construct and repair health centres across the country as per availability of funds.

The deputy minister also said that the government was also planning to spend 11bn/- in the 2021/22 fiscal year to refurbish 21 old hospitals in various district councils in the country.

“In the 2021/22 fiscal year, the ministry will ask for a budget of 11bn/- to renovate the 21 old hospitals, the move is meant to ensure that the hospitals are equipped with enough modern facilities and equipment so as to enable people access quality medical services,” he said.

He further noted that implementation of the renovation project will increase the overall well-being of the residents by serving thousands of people but also enabling pregnant women to have safer births, providing preventative interventions and health education.

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