Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Dr Festo Ndugange made the instructions in the National Assembly yesterday during the questions and answers session.
Dugange wanted the authorities to stop waiting for the central government to purchase the equipment but rather be create and spend well the revenues collected by ensuring that dispensaries and health centres have essential medical tools.
He deputy minister wanted the authorities to set aside at least 50 per cent of the collected funds to buy medicines and medical devices.
Dungage also urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to support the government by paying close eye on uses of medicines in the health centres in their areas as well as ensure that the public revenues are well spent.
He was responding to concerns raised Esther Midimu (Special Seats, CCM) and a section of other legislators over shortage of drugs in the health centres in their constituencies.
The lawmakers commended the government for increasing budgets for the drugs during the last five years, but noted that some health centres were still facing shortage.
Dugange said that the government has improved availability of drugs in the health facilities from 60 per cent in 2015 to 90 per cent during this financial year and the aim is to continue improving health services by strengthening collection of revenues in the health facilities and continue allocating enough funds to the Medical Stores Department (MSD).
He further stated that the government has built many health centres in the last five years and now puts efforts to increasing number of health staff.
The deputy minister further said that the government continues improving health infrastructures and building new ones in a bid to improve health service delivery in the country by continued allocation of budget for that purpose.
“This includes setting aside more funds for purchase of medical devices for health centres that have been built and repaired but did not get funds for buying medical devices,” he said.