MP pleads for health centre in crowded Dar suburb

11May 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
MP pleads for health centre in crowded Dar suburb

SEGEREA Member of Parliament (CCM) Bonnah Kaluwa has raised concerns over absence of a public health centre at Vingunguti area in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam.

SEGEREA Member of Parliament (CCM) Bonnah Kaluwa

Speaking in the National Assembly here yesterday, Kaluwa asked the government to state when it will build the health centre because residents solely depending on services from Amana hospital.

The lawmaker also wanted to know about government plans to upgrade Tabata A dispensary to a health centre.
Responding, Minister of State in the President’s Office, Suleiman Jaffo (Regional Administration and Local Government) said the matter will be discussed between the government and the Director of Ilala Municipal Council to see how and when the health centre will be constructed at Vingunguti.

Jaffo noted that the operating Tabata A dispensary in the city lacks the status to be upgraded to a health centre. He said the dispensary has a limited area to enable it extend infrastructure.

The deputy minister said that for any dispensary to be upgraded to a health centre it needs to have men and women wards with the capacity to accommodate 24 beds each, a surgery building and an outpatient department.

“There must be a mother and child care department, mortuary and an incinerator for the health centre to get a hospital status,” he noted.

In another development, National Assembly Speaker, Job Ndugai said he finds it incredible for the populated Vingunguti and Kipawa wards in Dar es Salaam to have no health centres.

He said that it is surreal to hear that the two wards in the country’s commercial capital lacked health centres and that residents only get services from Amana hospital and Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).

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