Deputy Minister in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government-RALG), Josephat Kandege, however, called on the local authorities to report any health facilities in the country that had shortage of workers .
“The government would like to call upon the councils to give list of health centres facing acute shortage of staff for immediate intervention,” he said.
The deputy minister was responding to a question by Special Seats MP, Suzan Lyimo (CHADEMA) who had argued that despite efforts of building new public health facilities in the country, the centres were lacking medical practitioners to serve the patients.
“The speed of constructing new health centres could be in line with increasing a number of health staff,” Lyimo stated.
Kandege insisted that the ministry had already issued directive to the councils to provide list of health centre that had no staff.
Earlier, Mikumi lawmaker Joseph Haule (CHADEMA), told the House that his constituency was facing shortage of health centres, and even for those available had medicines and health professionals.
The deputy minister explained the Kilosa district council has a total of five health centres, two of them are located at Mikumi constituency, namely; Kidodi and Ulaya.
During the 2017/18 financial year, the Kidodi health facility was given 400m/- for repairing and improving its buildings which enabled it to offer maternal surgeries.
In 2018/19, the government allocated 400m/- to the Mikumi dispensary for constructing new buildings for it to meet criteria for being upgraded to a status of health centre.
Kandege further expressed government’s commitment to building more health centres countrywide and recruiting more health workers.