Ummy saddened by condition of Njombe District Council hospital

13Aug 2021
Correspondent
Njombe
The Guardian
Ummy saddened by condition of Njombe District Council hospital

​​​​​​​THE Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Ummy Mwalimu has been saddened by the condition of Njombe District Council Hospital where only three patients are served per day saying it is improper utilisation of resources.

Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Ummy Mwalimu.

The minister expressed her dismay mid this week during her inspection visit at the hospital at Matemwe Village, saying she knows of dispensaries that serve over 200 patients per day.

She added: “A council owned health facility is supposed to be large, but I can see only three patients hence I do not see good use of resources, the hospital’s Doctor in Charge says people need health services, but do not show up due to lack of medical equipment, and I will take this up and pledge to the people of Njombe that I will deal with it.”

She also called on Local Council Directors in the country to be on the lookout of areas that need infrastructures to enable the provision of health service to the people in those areas.

For his part, Doctor in Charge of Njombe District Council Hospital, Dr Edward Kwetu told the minister that only three patients are treated at the hospital per day due to lack of medical equipment and other devices.

However, the minister had a chance to talk to councillors and other council officials, saying she had approved the construction of the council headquarters at Kidegemye Village in Kidegemye Ward and that the government has already dished out 640m/- for the work to start immediately.

Njombe District Executive Director, Lukelo Mshaura said already the plot has been allocated and that work was planned to start, stopped only by the ministry due to conflict over construction site.