Officiating at the launch of the plan, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Dorothy Gwajima, said that the new plan is aimed at reaching 200,000 more people with health services and another 400,000 getting improved healthcare by improving services.
The new strategy will address delivery of health services in accordance with the demand, strengthening preparedness to tackle emergencies and outbreak of diseases, she stated.
“The government has directed more efforts in protection and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases” she said.
Dr Gwajima affirmed that the government will upgrade information systems for quick dissemination on signs of danger to the public, and involving people on hygiene, environment cleanliness along with the control of hazardous wastes.
Periodic availability of funds and coordination of efforts to stem effects of climate change will also be taken up, she elaborated.
Other targeted spheres are improving health services at lower levels and referral services as well as specialized treatment services at referral and regional hospitals.
“I urge health sector development partners and other stakeholders to continue supporting government efforts in improving the provision of health services, including services to the elderly and those with rare diseases,” she sounded out.
Investments are also needed to ensure strengthening of health system, especially in human resources, availability of drugs, hospital equipment, infrastructure, ICT, research on social and health sector cross cutting issues, improving cooperation with the private sector and development partners, the minister underlined.
The aim is to reach all households with essential health and social welfare services, meeting as much as possible expectations of the population, adhering to objective quality standards and applying evidence-informed interventions through efficient channels of service delivery, she elaborated.
About 8.2mpeople or estimated at 14 percent of the population have access to medical treatment via the national health insurance scheme.
USAID Country Director Andrew Karas applauded the government for the completion of the plan which he said if well implemented will positively impact on the health sector.
“Development partners support the government’s efforts and we are glad to cooperate with Tanzanians to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing improved health services,” he added.