State to spend 150m/- for construction of three dispensaries in Tarime

25Apr 2020
Felister Peter
The Guardian
State to spend 150m/- for construction of three dispensaries in Tarime

​​​​​​​THE government plans to spend 150m/- in the next fiscal year to construct three dispensaries in Tarime district, Mara region.

The project is part of the government’s efforts to improve provision of social services including the health sector whereas it is constructing dispensaries and health centers at every local government council.

It was announced   in the National Assembly yesterday by the Ministry of State in the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government when responding to a question from Tarime-Urban MP, Ester Matiko (Chadema).

The ministry stated that the government will not upgrade dispensaries to health centres, instead it will construct new health facilities.

In 2016/2017 and 2019/2020 the government allocated 35 health workers at various health facilities in Tarime district.

“The ministry has been allowed to employ 610 doctors who will be allocated to districts with acute shortage of health workers including Tarime district.”

According to the ministry, the various initiatives taken to improve provision of health services in the country are also meant to reduce child and maternal mortality rates.

In her question, Matiko was concerned that available dispensaries and health centre in Tarime provides not adequate  medical services to a number of patients including those from nearby districts such as Tarime-Rural and Rorya.

She claimed that   Gamasara dispensary at Nyandoto ward also serves patients from Kongo and Kitere villages in Rorya district and Kewamba and Nyangisya villages in Tarime-Rural district.

“Over 50 per cent of patients going to the dispensary are from far villages. Why is the government not constructing dispensaries in these villages”, questioned Matiko.

She however wanted to know whether the government had any plans to upgrade the available dispensaries into health centres to meet the demand.

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