The move follows President John Magufuli’s directive that some patients from MNH be moved to the Mlonganzila Muhimbili Academic Medical Centre (MAMC) to ease overcrowding at the national hospital.
So far, 80 patients from the national referral hospital’s Mwaisela Ward 3 have been transferred to the Mloganzila medical facility.
MNH head of communications Aminieli Aligaesha told journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the relocation began on Monday.
He said they decided to shift some patients from Mwaisela ward because it is among the most congested at the country’s referral hospital.
“Mwaisela ward was congested to the extent that some patients were sleeping on the corridor… The ward has capacity for 240 patients, but the number of patients admitted there had reached 300,” said Aligaesha.
He explained that patients admitted to MAMC would receive quality medical treatment similar to that provided at MNH, adding: “The two hospitals will continue to work closely in the provision of health services, especially CT-Scan, in the event the equipment at MNH collapses.”
Meanwhile, Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children minister Ummy Mwalimu has ordered that all patients admitted to the MNH’s Internal Medicine Department be shifted to the Mloganzila. She issued the directive during a tour to the newly built facility yesterday.
The minister also directed medical officers in charge of regional referral hospitals in Dar es Salaam and other district hospitals across the country to start referring patients to internal medicine specialists to Mloganzila.
“All specialists in that department must now leave for Mloganzila. Any other doctors remaining at that (MNH) department should be evenly relocated to regional hospitals in other parts of the country,” she said.
“Thirty-five doctors alongside 270 patients, nurses and various other medical staff at Muhimbili will now be relocated to regional hospitals but they have proposed that their salary schemes remain unchanged,” noted the minister.
Prof Apolinary Kamuhabwa, acting deputy chancellor at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Muhas), was quoted early this month as having said that MAMC has until now employed a total of 227 people – with 80 nurses, 20 doctors and 25 health attendants having reported for duty on December 1, 2017.
He said the number of the civil servants at the medical centre had now risen to 762, among them 478 former employees, 114 new employees, 135 transferred staff, and 229 Muhas staff substantively serving as lecturers.
Commenting on the number of super specialists and other medical experts, Prof Kamuhabwa said MAMC had a total of 33 medical experts, 29 general physicians and 233 nurses.