Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister for Heath Dr Faustine Ndungulile said the hospital should not be satisfied with the achievements that they have made but aim at going further as the country’s leading health service provider.
“Remember that the number of people is increasing daily with non communicable diseases being on the increase, therefore MNH services are needed most because we have a lot of health centres which do not have the ability to do so,” he said.
He said the kidney and cochlea transplants that the hospital had preformed in recent days did not come on a silver platter but rather the commitment by the hospital.
The deputy minister urged MNH to ensure they devise ways on how to generate further income to improve services.
In his remarks, MNH director Prof Lawrence Museru said in his presentation that there are various challenges that the hospital is facing including lack of human resources and urged the government to train more medical workers.
“We have been training doctors despite the fact that purchasing health equipments is also very expensive the hospital is striving for more,” he said.
Yesterday, the first batch of surgeons from (MNH) left for India for three-month liver transplant training in a bid to curb rising cases of death caused by hepatitis and other liver complications.
Various experts and specialists are attending the conference with the theme ‘provision of specialised medical services in Tanzania, turning challenges into opportunities’.
The move is aimed at reducing the number of patients ferried abroad for treatment and the cost that accompany such referrals as well as reduce costs by 50 per cent.