He said the practice in referring some patients to Tanzania Mainland as well as to foreign countries at high expenses also used to further threaten their lives while being transported.
Amb Iddi issued the remarks in Pemba amid this week when handing over to Mkoani’s Abdulla Mzee Hospital a modern blood testing equipment for heart, kidney and liver diagnosis, including hand sanitisers donated by a prominent Zanzibar businessman Said Nasser Bopar.
He said the Zanzibar government will try its best to ensure better, modern medical equipment were available in the Isles to conform with the health policy in the availability of health services to all citizens wherever they were.
He praised the businessman for his patriotism in the support of the health and education sectors.
Amb Iddi said it would be better for the donated equipment to be taken care of so that they last longer.
He also called on health workers, in particular doctors to abide by the government’s policy of free medical services as initiated by the Afro Shirazi Party after the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution.
He also said in ensuring medical services are strengthened and reach the people, doctor’s rights, including allowances for working overtime were paid in time.
He said the problem that is repeatedly being reported in regard to Wete Hospital staff ought to be eradicated or reduced so as not to discourage the doctors who had offered themselves to work for 24 hours.
Speaking on behalf of Abdulah Mzee Hospital’s staff, the hospital’s Doctor in Charge Haji Mwita Haji said the blood testing machine is a big saviour to the people in the area.
He said patients suffering from heart, liver and kidney ailments were often referred to Unguja or Tanzania Mainland incurring great expenses to their families.
Donor of the machine, Said Nasser said his support in the health and education sectors was part of his resolve to assist the community surrounding him, and called on the medical staff at the hospital to take great care of the equipment.