TPA donates two neonatal incubators worth 25m/- to Tanga hospital

19Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TPA donates two neonatal incubators worth 25m/- to Tanga hospital

THE Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has donated two neonatal incubators worth 25m/- to Tanga regional referral hospital in efforts to save premature babies at the facility located in the north-eastern corner of the country.

The incubators are part of 50m/- donation made by TPA in the region through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Acting Tanga Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr. Abdiel Makange commended the authority for the support which will play a key role in scaling up health service delivery at the facility, which serves thousands of from all districts that form  the region.

He said that the two new machines has increased the number of incubators in the regional referral hospital to four.

According to him, two premature babies are born at the hospital every day, which makes 60 per month. He said that the donation of the incubators would help the hospital to, effectively, to save the lives of premature babies.

For his part, TPA deputy director general, Witonde Phillipo who handed over the incubators to the Tanga Regional Commissioner, Martine Shigela said that the donation is part of the 50m/- donation package budgeted for Tanga region in the 2018/19 financial year.

Witonde said that the port authority has donated 378 iron roofing sheets worth 15m/- to the Tanga Technical secondary school, a donation that has enabled the school to rehabilitate five houses.

The authority, he said, has also donated 45 desks worth 10m/- to two primary schools in Pangani district (Kilimangwido and Tungamaa primary schools) as part of the package.

Tanga Regional Commissioner, Martine Shigela also commended the TPA for setting aside funds for helping to serve the society. He pledged to continue to support the TPA in its endeavors to improve its work.

At Kilimangwido primary school where the handing over of the desks was conducted, the Pangani District Executive Officer (DED), Isaya Mbenje said that the donation would help the district to reduce the problem of shortage of desks.

According to the school head teacher, Sufiani Nnangwa the 23 desks that have been handed over to them has wiped the problem of shortage of desks in the school

He said the school, which has a total of 186 pupils from pre-primary to Standard Seven, had a shortage of 18 desks. "The 23 desks that have been donated to us have effectively wiped out the desk shortage. We have a surplus of five desks," he said.