THE Indian High Commissioner in Tanzania, Sanjiv Kohli has handed over the second tranche of essential medicines, worth nearly US$1million (2.3bn/-), to the government.
Daudi Msasi, Chief Pharmacist in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children received the donation on behalf of Tanzanian government.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Indian embassy in Dar es Salaam, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who paid official visit to Tanzania on July 9-10, 2016 had announced the gift of essential medicines to Tanzania.
The first tranche of medicines that included maternal and child health products, vaccines, products against infections worth US$1 million, was handed over to the government two years ago.
“The medicines donated were as per requirements projected by Tanzanian authorities,” a statement reads in part.
In July this year, Kohli was quoted as saying his government has also been supporting the country’s health sector by bringing in required drugs. For many years patients with serious health complications have been going to India for more specialised treatment, the envoy underlined.
The country needs to invest more in sectors such as agriculture that can provide more income generating opportunities and help push up the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he further noted.
“Agriculture is the most promising sector for cooperation between our two counties. We can cooperate in this sector through provision of technology and capacity building,” he emphasised.
India is the third largest investing country in Tanzania with more than 300 enterprises contributing to government efforts through revenue payment and job creation.