The villagers from Losinon, Engutukoit, Kisimiri Juu, and Wiro will benefit from a modern health centre built with funding from Germany through Help for Maasai Children (HMC).
Speaking during the function to lay the cornerstone and handing over the building to Arusha District Council that took place at Losinon Juu village in Oldonyowas Ward, the HMC Director Joseph Kivuyo said the construction of the health centre began on June 26 this year and it has been completed by 85 percent.
Kivuyo said up to now the project has cost 108m/- and upon completion it will have cost 140m/-.
Kivuyo said the wananchi in the said villages have been walking 8 to 12 kms for health services and due to these distances expectant mothers have been giving birth on the way while others in their homes which has increased maternity deaths.
“We have partnered with the Arusha District Council in building of this health centre who provided us with centre’s plan, after which our donors from Germany, who had earlier visited Oldonyowas Ward to see for themselves the situation facing the pastoralists community, decided to offer financial assistance,” Kivuyo said.
The Arumeru District Commissioner Jerry Muro, speaking at the function, congratulated the donors for their financial assistance to various projects in the ward, including education and health.
Muro promised a Landcruiser ambulance for the health centre including renovation of the roads leading to the health centre.
On his part the project’s financier who is HMC Director in Germany, Harald Pfeiffer said the construction of the health centre was among his long time dreams that came true in assisting the pastoralists’ community in education and health.
He wanted the people in the Ward to put the health centre to good use as intended, to safeguard the infrastructure for future generations.
Two residents from Lasinon Juu village Lightnes Gabriel and Anna John thanked the donors for the health project as it came at the right time as they were facing huge challenges from lack of health services, especially to the women and expectant mothers.
They also pleaded with the government to speed up the remaining work of the project including provision of medical equipment, and personnel.