No easy treatment for troubled health sector - Govt

04May 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
No easy treatment for troubled health sector - Govt

Thought the government has admitted that the health sector faces a lot of challenges, it has also said the challenges will take time to address.

Deputy Minister, Selemani Jaffo

Speaking in parliament yesterday in the capital, Deputy Minister in President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Selemani Jaffo said the challenges start at the local government level.

However, the Deputy Minister did not detail as to the what the exact problem is at the local government level but nonetheless maintained that the government is determined to address all the problems, but it will take time.

He gave an example of the government built operation theatre at Busiya health center that apparently has only one clinical officer.

“Lack of electricity is also a challenge at the center,” he said and reassured the MPs that “...we are working on the problems facing the centre.”

“So far the government has constructed a hospital at Nansio Island, two health centers and 17 dispensaries” he said and noted that efforts are underway to strengthen mother and child care services in the region and across the country.

Jafo was responding to a question by Joseph Mkundi (Ukerewe-Chadema) who wanted to know of government’s plans to provide better and reliable health services to Tanzanians and specifically the people of Ukerewe constituency.

He told the National Assembly that the geographical location of Ukerewe poses a challenge in provision of healthcare.

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