The World Health Organisation (WHO) National Professional Officer, Disease Prevention and Control Emergencies Officer- Grace Saguti revealed this during a capacity building workshop in Dar es Salaam.
The training was aimed at providing strategic direction through strengthening coordinated and communication capacity.
Saguti said the training was also aimed at building capacity of the national focal points in detecting and releasing of information so that diseases can be easily detected and prevented.
“It is for sure that East African countries are capable of controlling the diseases. What we need to do now is to enhance the capacity of scaling up our strategies” Said Saguti.
Apart from WHO, other stakeholders supporting the efforts were Centre for disease control (CDC), Department for International Development (DFID).
Commenting on the participants’ status, she said they had all been evaluated and proved to have significantly improved in the controlling of diseases.
For her part the assistant director, epidemiology diseases control section at the ministry for health, community development, gender, elderly and children Dr Janeth Mghamba said awareness on IHR was important to member states to enable them to deal with problem without affecting other sectors like trade.
She said from the evaluations undertaken about readiness of Tanzania in handling diseases, Tanzania proved to be ready to fight against communicable diseases without affecting trade.
Dr Mghamba admitted that despite the successes achieved, Tanzania still faced other challenges such as lack of proper testing laboratories.