The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) said yesterday that the 72 hospitals are located in 23 regions and the Isles and they were suspended for contravening the Atomic Energy Act (Act No 7 of 2003).
TAEC Head of Communications Peter Ngamilo said in an interview that the commission reached the decision following inspection conducted at different times up to December 26.
TAEC decided to suspend radiation services at the hospital due to lack of qualified radiologists, defective machines including X-Ray, CT-scan and radio therapy machines.
There was also a lack of licenses to deal with the services and lack of warning signs at hospital premises to show that radiology was being conducted.
“We cannot play with people’s health. Thorough inspections have to be carried out at least two times a year, and that is why we have been able to identify challenges in the health centres countrywide, hence we have suspended their services. And if any hospital/health centre shows it has abided by the conditions we will allow it to offer these services.”
Affected hospitals and health centres are Kaloleni Health Centre, Kansay Health Cente, Karatu Designated District Hospital, Mong'ola Health Centre, Al-Hilal Polyclinic, Magomeni Health Centre (Dental Unit), Mnazi Mmoja Hospital (Dental Unit), Mselemu Medical Centre, Mwananyamala Hospital (Dental Unit), and Mama Ngoma Health Centre.
He mentioned others as Sinza Health Centre (Dental Unit), Magereza Dispensary – Ukonga, St. Bernard Charitable Hospital, Skol Building Contractor, Sinza Africa Sana, and Dar Health Centre.
Others are Al-Jumaa Charitable Dispensary, Kinondoni Municipality – Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project (Dmdp) – Tarura, Kigamboni Health Centre (Partial Closure), China Railways Seventh Group, Mlali Rehabilitation Centre and Ilula Lutheran Hospital.
He named other affected hospitals and health centres as Izimbya Health Centre, Ndolage Hospital, Nyakaiga Hospital, Mugana Hospital, Nyakainga Hospital, Ufufuo Hospital, Matyazo Hospital, Bwambo Health Centre, Gonja District Hospital and Kilimanjaro Health Centre.
Others are Papri Medical Centre (Moshi), Regional Dermatology Centre, Same District Hospital, St. Joseph Uchira Dispensary, Usangi District Hospital, Rondo Hospital, Sokoine Regional Referral Hospital, Balang'alalu Health Centre, Gendabi Health Centre, Kibara Mission Hospital, Chunya District Hospital, Matema Lutheran Hospital and Mbarali District Hospital.
Others hospitals and health centres that were suspended as to offering radiation services are Holycross Health Centre, Mtibwa Hospital, St. Harry Health Centre, Sumve District Hospital, Ngudu District Hospital, Misungwi District Hospital, Bulongwa Mission Hospital, Uwemba Hospital and Utete District Hospital.
Others are Dr. Atman Health, Namanyere D. D. Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lituhi, Ruanda Mission Hospital, Maganzo Health Centre, Meatu District Hospital, Songambele Hospital, Igalilimi Health Centre and Kolandoto Hospital.
The rest are Ileje District Hospital, Isoko District Hospital, Jema Diagnostic Centre, Milambo Military Hospital, Korogwe District Hospital, Pangani District Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Wete Hospital and Pemba AirPort.