Work on maternity wing expansion at Mbeya Referral Hospital commences

12Nov 2019
The Guardian
Work on maternity wing expansion at Mbeya Referral Hospital commences

THE government has started expansion works to Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital at Meta maternity wing by building a six-storey building to alleviate congestion in the few available maternity wards.

Speaking during the inspection of the ongoing project, Mbeya Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila said the government has dispensed 4b/- for the project through ‘Force Account’ procedure, and that it set for completion within two years.

He said the old buildings had a capacity for 172 patients but the one under construction will have the capacity of 204 patients hence the entire maternity wing will have a capacity of 376 patients intake.

He added that the hospitals caters for all southern highlands regions whose population is over 8 million and has enough specialists to serve people with ailments that cannot be treated in their area.

He praised the director of the hospital and his staff in the supervision of the project as well as other buildings including diagnostic and children’s wings.

The hospital’s director Dr Godlove Mbwanji thanked the fifth-phase government for dishing out the funds which will end congestion at the hospital.

He said the hospital has started to improve in every department and would like one day to be on the level of Muhimbili National Hospital in service provision, and added that CT-scan service will soon start to be offered.

He said various national leaders have been passing at the site to inspect the ongoing project and to ensure it is implemented as soon as possible, and that he as the project leader and his staff will supervise the project to its completion.