Villagers all smiles after TASAF builds them dispensary

16Nov 2019
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Villagers all smiles after TASAF builds them dispensary

RESIDENTS of Kandashe village in Meru district, Arusha region have hailed the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) for constructing a modern dispensary thus bringing quality health services to the area and nearby villages.

Worth 90m/-, the facility is now at 98 percent of construction and is scheduled to be completed next month.

Speaking here on Thursday when a team of journalists visited the project, the village executive officer Afrael Nassari said that that for over 20 years, villagers have been grappling by travelling over 15km to access health services.

“Am very grateful to the government for introducing TASAF, I am sure that once the dispensary is operational, challenges such as distance, cost and time will no longer be a problem to us,” he noted.

Nassari said that the dispensary is not only going to be helpful to them but also neighbouring villages like Leguruki and Kwasenga will benefit from it.

He said  once completed, the project will increase the overall well being of the residents by helping pregnant women have safer births, providing preventative interventions and health education.

Mary Kitomary, one of the villagers said the facility is going to bring a lot of relief to the residents of the village especially women who had to travel up to 20 Km or above to acquire health services.

The beneficiary pointed out that lack of health facility at the village, pregnant women sometimes give birth while on the way to hospital due to long distance.

“Most of our children also do not get clinic services which is dangerous for their heath development, but the construction of this dispensary will bring great relief especially to elders, pregnant women and children,” 

For his part, Member of the community Committee Gadiel Mafie noted that the dispensary is an outcome of the villagers who identified the project and participated in clearing the land and collected stones for construction.

He observed that the dispensary is completed by over 90 percent and it is remained with only small touches and installation of important equipment before it becomes operational.

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