Mozambique leader lays stone for building of Burigi Hospital

12Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mozambique leader lays stone for building of Burigi Hospital
  • Refers to discussions on boundaries and security issues

​​​​​​​VISITING Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi yesterday laid a foundation stone for construction of the 14bn/- Burigi Hospital in Chato District, before concluding his two day state visit.

At the stone laying ceremony, President John Magufuli yesterday tasked the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to ensure timely completion of  the facility that will serve as an additional Lake Zone referral health centre.

The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Dorothy Gwajima said upon completion, the health facility will have capacity to attend to between 700 and 1,000 patients per day.

Dr Gwajima affirmed that in the past five years, the government has constructed 1,198 dispensaries and 487 health centres, among which are 99 district hospitals, five regional referral hospitals and two zonal hospitals

With the Lake Zone population estimated at 15m people, the need for an additional referral health facility was increasingly being felt, aside from services provided by Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza.

Regions surrounding Lake Victoria are Geita, Simiyu, Shinyanga, Kagera, Mara and Mwanza.

 “We have invited the visiting president to inaugurate construction of the referral hospital. I want it to be completed on time for the residents to benefit with quality health care. There shouldn’t be no delays in executing this crucial project,” Dr Magufuli underlined.

He told the gathering that President Nyusi called him requesting to visit the country and hold talks on various economic developments for the benefit of both countries.

“I accepted his request,” he said, extending appreciation to Health ministry officials for initiating the foundation stone ceremony in honor of visiting Mozambican top leaders.

On the bilateral relationship between the two neighbouring countries, the president stated that discussions focused on how the two countries can foster trade and investment.

Bilateral trade between Tanzania and Mozambique increased from 76.4bn/- in 2018 to 93.5bn/- in 2019, on the basis of statistics from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

The two countries have enjoyed a cordial relationship since the founding of Mozambique at the end of a decade-long liberation struggle, he stated.

He said they have agreed that the two governments should work closely to foster economic development.

“There are Tanzanian companies operating in Mozambique, but we also have a number of Mozambican firms in our country,” he said, citing the fact that the trade volume between the two countries increased to   93.6bn/- by the end of 2020.

The two countries are linked in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) where President Nyusi is the current chairman, after Tanzania handed over the SADC chairmanship to Mozambique on August 17 last year.

For his part,  the Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi commended the government for investing heavily in the health sector and called on Tanzanians to work hard so as to enable the country realize its development goals.

“It is good that the government focuses more on improving the health of its people. We have witnessed President John Magufuli working hard to ensure that his people have access to quality health and water services as well as decent settlements,” he said.

President Nyusi said that the construction of the hospital is going to improve health service provision in the zone.

“We are also implementing a special policy in Mozambique, aimed at ensurinmg that every district has a hospital so as to bring health services closer to people. I remember when I came here in 2014 as I was vying for the presidency, Mama Maria Nyerere prayed for me and advised me to construct a medical plant as so many people were losing their lives due to lack of essential medicines,” he recalled.

The Head of State further also referred to discussion on the issue of boundaries as well as on security and people’s development. Read More...

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