South Korea delegation pledges support towards country’s health sector

08Mar 2018
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
South Korea delegation pledges support towards country’s health sector

MUHAS Academic Medical Centre in Mlongazila Dar es Salaam is set to benefit from services from Korea based specialised doctors and health practitioners.

A South Korea delegation comprising of Members of Parliament visited the centre and committed to making the centre one of the best medical centres in Africa.

The delegation also donated medicines worth 100m/- to the centre which began its operations in November last year after it was inaugurated by President John Magufuli.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Health and Welfare committee member June Hye Sook said the donation was aimed at improving service delivery at the hospital as well as strengthening ties between Tanzania and South Korea.

She noted that Korean government in collaboration with Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) will continue to provide training to students, doctors and share experience in various issues related to health services.

“Currently there are two doctors and one nurse from South Korea working at the centre, our plans are to bring more specialist doctors and health professionals in Tanzania,” he said noting the aim is to make the hospital one of the best medical centres in Africa.

The MUHAS Academic Medical Centre having opened its doors late last year is considered one of the best hospitals in East Africa. It has the capacity to accommodate slightly over 8000 out patients as well as 500 in-patients.

The hospital has a total of 600 beds.

Speaking during the visit, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Joyce Ndalichako hailed the South Korea MPs and their government for their continued support towards the centre, saying the donation in particular will go a long way in improving service delivery at the centre. 

 Prof Ndalichako appealed for more support to support various other sectors within the institution.

She also called on the South Korean government to bring more volunteers in the health sector to help train Tanzania health practitioners by building their capacity.