Samia hinting at Health ministry restructuring

17Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Samia hinting at Health ministry restructuring

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has said she plans to make major changes in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to make it more effective and optimally deliver expected services to the public.

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Launching the national advisory committee on the implementation of the country’s pledges at the Generation Equality Forum organised by UN Women, the president said that the ministry incorporates too many things, so it was unable to implement some of its activities with the required pace.

“When you say ‘health’ the term carries many issues and in the modern world the issue of health has so many things, hence I plan to streamline the ministry,” she told the gathering.

“Despite the ministry’s many plans, policies, guidelines and strategies, still we have failed to make tangible achievements because it incorporates many issues in a single ministry,” she said, indicating that Health be run on its own, and expects that the President of Zanzibar will accept to do the same so that the two governments go in tandem.

Splitting the ministry will enhance its achievements in carrying out its duties, she said, reminding participants that in order to elevate women economically there so many issues that have to be worked out.

 “Members of this committee hail from various sectors,” she said, expressing solidarity with their objectives for gender equality especially in regard to economic uplift of women, noting that Tanzania has been picked by UN Women as role model in that sphere, to report on its progress in the next UN Women global conference.

Women make about 50 per cent of the country’s workforce but carry more burdens in political and economic drawbacks, she said, elaborating that women are indispensable in the implementation of global goals, but their economic, social and political development is not clearly defined in various development plans.

“Despite the fact that half of world’s population is women, in many areas of the world, women are not accorded the right opportunities to appropriately use the work force. If that workforce is suitably put into use, as it would contribute greatly to the global economy,” she stated, emphasising that the committee needs to supervise ministerial work to make sure pledges to elevate economic rights for women are implemented.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa assured President Samia that the PMO will closely coordinate the exercise in order to attain the various goals for the realisation of gender equality in the country.