Govt receives US$ 66 billion from World Bank

15Sep 2017
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Govt receives US$ 66 billion from World Bank

THE government has received US$ 66billion from the World Bank (WB), aimed at helping upgrade and empower at least 100 health centres in the country, the House heard yesterday

The support channelled through the office of the President Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (RALG) will see the health centres begin to offer  antenatal operations.

 It is on the same note that the government had distributed a total of 60,000 delivery packs in six regions in the country, Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children deputy Minister, Hamisi Kigwangalla said yesterday.

“The government has started to channel the said amount to all targeted districts in the country in efforts to boost provision of health services,” he said.

 The deputy minister made the remarks in response to a question by Special Seats MP, Khadija Ali (CCM) who had wanted to know specifically what is contained in the 50,000 delivery kits  to be distributed nationwide.

 In his response, Kigwangalla said the distributed delivery packs contain cotton, pads, surgical gloves, chronic catgut 2/0 and others key devices.

 However, he added that, as per the country's comprehensive council health plan (CCHP) it is important for each council to distribute key antenatal facilities in delivery packs.

He added that the directive require each district  to use its own sources to construct theatres for performing antenatal operations within a period of six month in order to reduce maternity mortality rate in the country.

According to the World Health Organisation report on 'Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990 - 2010', the current rate of 578 deaths per 100,000 live births is still very high.

The UN agency estimates that the annual rate in reduction of the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 4.4 per cent, suggesting that even though Tanzania is making progress, it is insufficient to attain the national target of 185 per 100,000.

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