-to transfer patients to referral hospital.
This directive was given by the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa following cry from Ifakara town residents who said whenever their patients are transferred to the regional referral hospital in Morogoro they are forced to hire an ambulance from St Francis Hospital at a cost of up to 800,000/-, the amount many cannot afford.
Notwithstanding his pledge, the PM said if Councils incomes from own sources were being put to good use; the wananchi would not be facing such challenges.
He said the Phase Five Government of President John Magufuli has resolved to improve health services for the people and called upon them to continue trusting the government.
“I will telephone minister Ummy (MoHCDEC) in the coming allocation of ambulances to send one here,” Majaliwa said.
The Premier also directed The Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (TAMISEMI) to ensure that in the coming allocation of funds for building district hospitals Ifakara district should receive priority because of its huge area and lacks a district hospital, the situation that results in congestion at Kibaoni Health Centre.
“I have personally visited the health centre and have witnessed congestion of patients, hence the second allocation for district and municipal hospitals Ifakara must receive priority.”
Earlier, senior medical officer of Ifakara Town Council Dr Happiness Ndosi said Kibaoni Health Centre receives and treats 225 to 250 patients from outside the town each day and the number admitted is about 80 each day whilst 400 births are recorded per month.
On the challenges facing the health centre Dr Ndosi said it has a shortage of 92 staff, as currently it has only 83 staff, while the actual requirement is 175.
She said the centre lacks an ambulance or any other vehicle for other services such as inoculation, whilst the hospital buildings are dilapidated through age.
In addition she said the centre is faced with lack of a building to house stillborn children and those needing special care after birth (neonatal unit). They also have to cope with a small maternity building including and an anesthesia machine.
In another development the PM said Councils’ incomes are not spent diligently and many people put their hands on their tills.
“All staff who will be found to involve themselves in such corruptive practices, stern steps will be taken against them.