Briefing journalists on the hospitals’ plan to improve provision of services, Dr Thobias Mkina said that Turkey’s health care hospital has agreed to support Arusha regional hospital through the Moneta assistance project.
Dr Mkina said the donated equipment were similar to those used at various international hospitals.
“Our theater room will be equipped with modern equipment to enable doctors conduct complicated surgeries. Patients will no longer need to go abroad in search of health services as we will be able to conduct heart surgeries”, he said.
He said doctors from Mount Meru regional hospital will be trained in Turkey to improve their medical skills. He said after trainings the hospital will be able to conduct major surgeries including kidney transplant.
In Tanzania kidney transplant is conducted at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and Dodoma-based Benjamin Mkapa Hospital (BMH).
Mount Meru hospital’s chief medical officer, Wedson Sichalwe said the government is implementing various projects to improve health care provision in Arusha.
He said that a total of 13 health centers have been built at different places within the region. He said plans are to make the regional hospital one of the best health services providers in the country.
Dr Alper Tunga from the University of Istanbul who represented Turkey’s Health Care hospital, said they are determined to assist in improving health care services in Arusha region.
He said that Arusha regional hospital is benefiting from the Moneta assistance following the existing relationship between Turkey and Tanzania.
Coordinator for health improvement projects in Arusha, Cosmas Mrema, hailed the services provided at Turkish hospitals.
He said: “My first head surgery was performed in India but I wasn’t healed until I underwent another surgery in Turkey”, he said adding that after his successfully operations he requested the Turkish doctors to come in the country and assist in conducting various surgeries to people from poor families.