Tanzania receives drugs and medical supplies worth 864m/- from Egypt 

15Jan 2022
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania receives drugs and medical supplies worth 864m/- from Egypt 

​​​​​​​TANZANIA has received drugs and medical supplies worth 864m/- from the government of Egypt to help in the fight against diseases.

The handover ceremony was held at Julius Nyerere International Airport ((JNIA) between Egyptian Ambassador to Tanzania Mohamed Gaber Abouelwafa and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health, Prof Abel Makubi.

Speaking to journalists yesterday soon after handing over ceremony, Prof Makubi said the donation was received in the country following a state visit made by the President Samia Suluhu Hassan November last year in Egypt

“I would like to thank President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Egypt government for the collaboration especially in improving health sector through donation of medicines and medical supplies,” he said.

Prof Makubi the donation will help Tanzania in the fight against different health challenges facing the country.

For his part, the Egyptian envoy Abouelwafa said the donation from his government was due to efforts made by the president Samia to improve healthcare services tonight diseases.

“Egypt government will continue to collaborate with Tanzania government to push forward development especially in improving health sector,” he said.

According to him, president Samia was on the Frontline to ensure its people are free from any type of diseases.

He reaffirmed the commitment of his government to continue supporting health sector by donating medicines and medical supplies to fight against diseases.

Tanzania and Egypt have a good record of cooperation in various areas including investments. Apart from the trade, Tanzania has also registered 26 projects from Egypt investors worth USD 1.3bn, which have created 2,206 jobs to locals.

Trade volume between Tanzania and Egypt has increased from 8.4bn/- in 2018 to 87.3bn/- in 2020 as the two sides determine to reduce existing trade imbalances among themselves.

During her tour in Egypt last year, president Samia discussed various issues with her counterpart including bilateral relationship between the two sides, economy, politics, education, tourism and social services.

Equally, while in Egypt President Samia and Al Sisi also witnessed the signing of one contract and seven Memorandum of Understandings (MoU)’s