Mbeya hospital facing acute accommodation shortage

25Mar 2020
Correspondent
Mbeya
The Guardian
Mbeya hospital facing acute accommodation shortage

MBEYA referral hospital‘s maternity ward is facing an acute accommodation shortage as a result two patients sleep on one bed.

Mbeya regional medical officer Dr Salum Manyatta said on Monday when the Tanzania Postal Bank donated 300 cement bags for the construction of a maternity ward at the facility.

He said following the challenge the regional authorities in collaboration with other stakeholder’s decided to begin mobilising funds for the construction of a three storey building to address challenges facing the hospital.

“On the current building we have done all we can so that our mothers do not sleep on floor. However we are determined to address all major challenges at the facility, he explained’’

He said during a fundraising they collected a total of 170m/- with pledges such as cement which the bank was among the stakeholders.

Speaking when handing over the donation, the director for technology and operation at TPB Bank Jema Msuya said the bank decided to contribute after realising that the hospital was facing such a challenge.

He said the donation is worth 4.8m/- saying they were touched after receiving a request from the regional authorities.

“We know that maternity ward was very important, because children are a nation of tomorrow that is the reason we are here today,” she said.

In her remarks. the medical officer of the hospital Dr Glory Mbwile said despite the accommodation incapability, the building was also in bad condition.

According to her the building is expected to cost about 3bn/- and that the cement donated will only end up in making bricks for the building.

Despite the contributions, authorities are still seeking for more support from stakeholders to ensure the project is completed.